My favorite thing about meeting with UGA graduates from across the country is hearing all of your wonderful stories and accomplishments. Recently, at UGA Day in Nashville, I was speaking with Josh Parker (BBA '00) when he told me about his father, Dr. Tony Parker (AB '90, MA '92). Last year, Dr. Parker was named curator of the "Lawrence Levy Photograph Golf Collection" at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
His assignment is to organize and catalogue the more than 240,000 images taken between 1978 and 1994 by Levy, who lost a battle to cancer in 1994. Of course, living and working in St. Andrews, we hear that Tony may be enjoying a little golf, as well!
Dr. Parker isthe first Curator of Golf History in the 600-year history of the University of St. Andrews. They are currently raising funds to build a purpose-built facility to house their Special Collections. Knowing how much we cherish our own Special Collections Libraries, I know how valuable that addition will be to St. Andrews.
An excerpt from an article by Loran Smith on Parker in the September 4, 2012 edition of the Athens Banner-Herald describes his path to this project:
After graduating with a masters degree in history from UGA in 1992, Parker enrolled at the University of St. Andrews, where he received a degree in Scottish history in 1996. He and his wife, Lisa, who grew up in Alpharetta and is also a UGA graduate, decided to stay in Scotland. Last year, they became Scottish citizens and now have dual passports.
Following the conferring of his doctorate, Parker became the administrative director of the Institute for Transatlantic, European and American Studies at the University of Dundee, where he taught for 12 years.
Leaving the University of Dundee in 2008, he formed the Parker Group Scotland, which specialized in Scottish and golf-related history, educational consultations and photography.
In 2007, Parker was introduced to the Queen and Prince Philip for his "contributions to the people of the United Kingdom."
Dr. Parker, I and the thousands of UGA graduates who are avid golfers or golf fans are so proud of your role at the home of golf. We know you miss fall afternoons 'Between the Hedges,' but we know that replacing them with fall afternoons on the Old Course is not too bad an alternative!
Well done, and Go Dawgs!
This post was sourced from an article by Loran Smith in the September 4, 2012 edition of the Athens Banner-Herald. CLICK HERE to read the full article.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Tony Parker