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Douglass S. Parker Obituary


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“Dr. Parker was a force that propelled me forward through my undergraduate career. His "Para-geography" class inspired me to pursue a career in...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Drei Rendsland - Austin, TX

“You will be happy to know, Douglass, that the three-year-old boy for whom you played a bit of solo jazz trombone and to whom you gave Chris Raschka's...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Tom Palaima - Austin, TX

“Dr. Parker allowed me to audit his class one summer on Humor in Antiquities and had me participate in the class reading (i.e. out loud) of the Greek...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Kim Packard - Austin, TX

“Dr. Parker allowed me to audit his class one summer on Humor in Antiquities and had me participate in the class reading (i.e. out loud) of the Greek...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Kim Packard - Austin, TX

“~ 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...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Outis - former student

“It is a rare sort of scholar who can inspire the same level of enthusiasm in others that he holds in himself for his subjects. Dr. Parker roped me in...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Matthew Legare - San Antonio, TX

“For several years I played in a small group with Doug around Austin. I was just one of many groups he played in. He lived for playing the trombone...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Larry Lake - Austin

“Dr. Parker was by far one of my favorite proessors. I planned the my courses around what he was teaching. He has such a gift for teaching and...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Kristy Bartlett - Nashville, TN

“There are many reasons why the time I spent in Austin was exciting and interesting, and very pleasant. Having Douglass as a teacher was one of those...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Anne Shaw - Lawrence, KS

“I took three classes from Dr. Parker in my UT academic career, starting with one which, in the hands of many other teachers, could have been deadly...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Clyde Hoover - Austin, TX

“During the 80s, I was a student in a new class that Douglass created called "Improvisation" that discussed all forms of improvisation - in music,...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Jeff W

“I've known Doug since I was a graduate student in classics at UT in the 1970's. Ever since, I have thought of him as the one genius I have known. ...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Jim Johnson - Sherman, TX

“Dr. Parker was, hands-down, one of the best professors I ever had. Parageography could have been just a 'dummy' class, but Dr. Parker used it as a...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Lillian Butler - austin, TX

“When I left the classics dept you wrote the most wonderful poem for the occasion. You touched everyone around you with your warmth and wit and I...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Jack Waite - Austin, TX - friend

“I shall never forget the passion and brilliance with which he approached his teaching. He was a great inspiration to me. ”
15 of 31 | Posted by: Allon Elk - ex student

“My first Latin class at UT was Douglass Parker's last class: Cicero's De Senectute (On Old Age). I was forever impressed by Dr. Parker's ability to...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Kenny - student

“When I was a student at UT, performing my first summer at Shakespeare at Winedale, Doug came to the shows. Afterwords he wrote the most incredible...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Terry Galloway - Tallahassee, FL

“Dear Grandpa, I hope the inhabitants in Elysium enjoy your wit and humor as much as I did. You were the inspiration for my studies of classical...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Austin Parker - Grandson

“I treasure my memories of Doug as translator, poet, performer and teacher. He was understated and gentle yet penetratingly perceptive and wickedly...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Bruce LaForse - Dayton, OH

“I met Doug in 1969 taking his Greek Literature in Translation undergrad course. From there we became friends through courses on Satire and...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Kate Benjamin - Austin, TX

“When I returned from a research trip in California, the first person I looked up to see if he was still with us. And he was, so I planned at some...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: R. Christopher Carr - Austin, TX

“You were an inspired teacher with a wicked sense of humor! I remember wonderful sessions in your book-stuffed lair, giggling over silly jokes from...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Susan Smith Wehmeier - Austin, TX

“Dear Doug, Thanks for the many years of friendship and wit. Entertain them upstairs with Claudius, the Gourd. geo ”
23 of 31 | Posted by: george doig - austin, TX

“Wishing you peace. ”
24 of 31 | Posted by: Karissa Basse

“My education was enriched by the opportunity to have taken classes from Doug. He was simply the wisest, most creative person I have ever known. ...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Bob M Hicks - San Antonio, TX

“Doug Parker was a brilliant and hilarious translator and a wonderful teacher. He was my inspiration; taking his Literary Translation seminar in grad...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Diane Arnson Svarlien - Lexington, KY

“Dr. Parker used to write suggested readings on the board in his classroom that went, more or less, with the subject we were reading. When we were...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Leslie Perkins - former student

“I didn't always get his jokes, but I always appreciated the fact that he made them. ”
28 of 31 | Posted by: Nick Dobson - Rock Island, IL

“I knew Doug throughout my graduate school career. He was my advisor, and helped me, and many other odd ducks as well. He was a fine, fine man, deeply...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Jean Alvares - Bloomfield, NJ

“I always looked forward to talking with Doug and hearing his trombone at department events - I'll miss him. ”
30 of 31 | Posted by: John Berry - Austin, TX - Friend

“Treasured colleague - I trust the Bird and Aristophanes are making you warmly welcome in the afterlife. We'll miss you terribly here. ”
31 of 31 | Posted by: Jacqueline Loog - friend


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.