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.