Douglass S. Parker
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Douglass S. Parker Douglass S. Parker, 83, of Austin passed away on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Haverly Parker, and his sister, Rosemary "Boo" Laycock. He is survived by his children, Douglass Stott Parker, Jr., Alison Parker, and Clarke Parker, and his grandson, Austin Parker. Douglass was a Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin for forty years. He taught classes in Greek and Latin languages and literature, as well as a discipline of his own creation, Parageography, the study of imaginary worlds. His translations of the comedic plays of Aristophanes have been performed around the globe. He had a passion for jazz music, and played the trombone throughout his life. His band played at many events in Austin and had a monthly performance at the Retirement and Nursing Center on Burnet Lane. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 13, 2011.
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July 13, 2011
Doug Parker was my instuctor at University of California, Riverside, for seven semesters of ancient Greek and one of Hellenic literature. I thoroughly enjoyed the man as well as the teacher -- his desk completely covered with open books placed upside down and piled one on top of the other to a great height, his erudition and great skill as a poet, and even his tobacco habits (though I'm a nonsmoker). He once described how he aged his pipe tobacco in the sun on the shelf of the back window of his car. But what I appreciate most was that he really knew his subject and was good at conveying what he knew.
Ted Guleserian, UCR, '59.
June 29, 2011
I took six of Dr. Parker's classes as an undergraduate at UC Riverside in the 50's, because I wanted to (none was required). Later on I became a faculty member myself and came to know him as a colleague. I will always remember with gratitude his encouragement, genial humor, and helpful advice. Ave atque vale.
Philip Gericke
June 24, 2011
Douglass Parker was a kind and decent and genial man, with learning both broad and deep, popular and well-liked on campus, and in my case particularly patient and forgiving of my not infrequent bad days as we worked through the curriculum in classics, whether in Greek or Latin. When I graduated "with honors," his personal note to me posted on his office door read, "Vicisti."

Joseph Winkler, UC Riverside '59
April 1, 2011
Doug was my first Latin teacher, the second time I tried to learn the language. (A third time may yet await, on the horizon!) I remember him creating unreadable word roots with the Klingon font on his MacIntosh, to force his students to look at the ends of words. A fine, brilliant man, and the only person of my acquaintance I am sure had read both "The Anatomy of Melancholy" and "Gargantua and Pantagruel"! ~Outis
February 22, 2011
There was no kinder heart, no finer soul, no readier wit, and no greater translator of Greek literature into English
February 15, 2011
Doug Parker was a great professor and scholar. His genial attitude made classes something to look forward to - there was something brilliant and delightfully whimsical about him, often at the same time. His course on Ovid's Metamorphosis, Virgil's Aeneid, and Parageography (I described the geographies in 'Dune') were highlights of my undergraduate career. He'll be missed. Condolences to the Parker family.
February 14, 2011
Ned Tuck
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