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10.10.2012

Omaha Beach Veteran Joseph Lee Parker Jr. ‘38 Passes Away - Leaves Legacy of Serving Patients

I am saddened to hear the news of the passing of Dr. Joseph Lee Parker, Jr. He was a proud member of The University of Georgia family and the last surviving Navy doctor who landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy during the D-Day invasion of World War II. His heroism continued after the War when he established his own practice in rural Greensboro, Georgia, serving patients 24 hours a day and later as the chief of staff of the Minnie G. Boswell Hospital. Dr. Parker will be dearly missed, but the legacy of his work serving others lives on. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Parker’s family during this time.

Below you will find Dr. Parker’s obituary as provided by the McCommons Funeral Home.

Dr. Parker of Greensboro, Georgia died on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the age of 95 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital. He was born November 20, 1916 in Waycross, Georgia, the son of the late Joseph Lee Parker, Sr. and Vera Estelle Sweat. He was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Waycross High School and The University of Georgia. While at The University of Georgia, he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and lettered in swimming. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and married the late Martha Fleming of Augusta.

Dr. Parker served as a physician during World War II with the Navy and Marines. He was stationed in England and was part of the first wave of the Normandy Invasion during the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach with the 6th Naval Beach Battalion. He was the last surviving Navy surgeon of that invasion. He attended the wounded—both Allied and German—for twenty-one days on the beach. He received numerous awards and decorations from both the United States government and the Republic of France. Later, he served with the Marines in China and Guam.

After his military service, he established a medical practice in Greensboro, Georgia where he provided professional health care to the people of Greene and surrounding counties. In a rural practice with no hospital, 24-hour, 7-day a week house calls were an everyday event for Dr. Parker. He knew every country dirt road like the back of his hand. He was one of the founding physicians of the Minnie G. Boswell Hospital in 1949. He served as chief of staff for the hospital for twenty-five years until his retirement. Beloved and esteemed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, he was a hero to his community.

Dr. Parker married Carolyn Baugh Reynolds in 1987, and after his retirement they traveled all over the world. He also enjoyed spending time at his house on the Georgia coast as he loved being near the water. He built his first sailboat in St. Simons at the age of 14. He spent the last twenty-five years of his life on Lake Oconee.

Lee was a member of the Greensboro First Baptist Church and attended the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. He was a 60-year member of the Masons, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion.

In addition to his wife, Carolyn Reynolds Parker, he is survived by a daughter, Jane Parker '43 and a son, Joseph Lee Parker III, grandchildren, Mandy Parker and Robert Snider; Rynee and Michael Strickland; Allison and Dusty Laux; and Joely and Matt Nicholson, Great-grandchildren Hayden and Conner Strickland; Jonah and Sam Laux; and Parker and Tessa Nicholson. He was preceded in death by his brother Jack Parker and Anna Parker, and his sister Vera Parker and Cleve Mincey and a grandson Lee Whichard.

Extended family members are Frances and Gentry Strickland, Jamie and Kathy Reynolds, Marguerite and the late Troy McInteer, Harold and Lesley Reynolds, Beth and Bobby Thomas, Jim and Ellen Strickland, Bill and Tabi Strickland, Jamie Reynolds IV, Chandler Reynolds, Jackson Reynolds, Will and Jack Thomas, Carolyn, Mary Cate, Davis and Amanda Strickland, and Ella and Hal Strickland.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the McCommons Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Key and The Reverend Joseph D. Greene III officiating. Interment with military honors followed in the Greenview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Johnny Hester, Mike Bradley, Billy Jarrard, Herbie Thurmond, Chris Houston, Dr. Dave Ringer, Carey Williams, Jr. and Richard Maddux.

The family requests that any memorials be made to the Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit of Augusta VA, c/o Reynolds Veterans Association, Inc., 6350 Lake Oconee Parkway, Suite 102, PMB 163, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements.

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Uga needs your help to clear the air at UGA! 

UGA recently launched a "Let's Clear the Air" campaign to promote the University System of Georgia's ban on tobacco products on all system campuses.

The campaign, which began September 22, advises faculty, staff, students and campus visitors that "UGA is a tobacco- and smoke-free campus," in accordance with a policy adopted in March by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The policy, which is effective starting October 1, reinforces the USG's commitment to provide a safe and amicable workplace for all employees as outlined in the Georgia Smoke Free Air Act of 2005 and to preserve and improve the health, comfort and environment of students, employees and visitors on all system campuses.

New signage around campus and messaging on the UGA website and via social media will promote the tobacco- and smoke-free campus policy, which applies to persons in indoor or outdoor areas, including all buildings, recreational areas, lawns, university sidewalks, university vehicles and parking lots.

Banned products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes and any smoking device that uses tobacco such as hookahs or simulate the use of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes.

For more information on the policy and resources to promote the policy as well as resources available for tobacco cessation, see uga.edu/tobacco-free or contact UGA Human Resources at 706-542-2621.

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09.26.2014

Good Eats: Alton in ATH

Notable UGA alumni Alton Brown (AB ‘04) is coming home to the Classic City on October 21 to kick off the third leg of his “Edible Inevitable Tour.”

You might recognize Alton from his Food Network shows “Good Eats,” “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.” Brown began producing his own show in the late nineties when he was dissatisfied with the quality of cooking shows in America. His dream came true in 2011 when he won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best TV Food Personality.

He brings his charm and charisma to his culinary variety show. The two-hour stage show centers around food, includes food songs, a mini lecture/stand-up segment titled “10 Things I’m Pretty Sure I’m Sure About Food” and two very large food demonstrations. One of which creates such a big mess that he gives the first five rows ponchos.

The UGA Alumni Associations wants to give YOU the chance to go see Alton Brown live when he comes to the Classic Center! Check out the UGA Alumni Association’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for more information on how to enter. Good luck and Go Dawgs!

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09.25.2014

Sic ‘Em City: Homecoming 2014

Beginning September 28, the University of Georgia will welcome alumni, friends and fans to campus for UGA Homecoming Week. This year’s theme, “Sic ‘Em City,” features several Las Vegas-inspired events for students and visitors alike, including a comedy show, game night and carnival.

The homecoming parade, with UGA Basketball Coach Mark Fox acting as grand marshal, will begin at 6:00 p.m on Friday, October 3. The parade will travel through downtown Athens and will include floats, appearances by UGA cheerleaders and a performance by the Redcoat Marching Band.

Directly following the parade, the UGA Alumni Association will host a Homecoming BBQ for its board of directors, campus administrators and Student Alumni Council members and alumni. The BBQ will also serve as a 50th reunion for the Class of 1964. It is not too late to register to attend, so please visit the Alumni Association’s homecoming page for more information and to RSVP.

Many of the colleges and schools will also host celebrations to welcome their alumni back to the Classic City on Saturday, October 4.

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will have a Game Day BBQ beginning at 2:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

The School of Law will hold its annual Law Dawg BBQ on Herty Field beginning at 1:30 p.m. Prepaid reservations are required to attend.

The Terry College of Business will host a tailgate on the Brooks Hall Lawn at 1:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.

The College of Pharmacy will host class reunions for 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994 and 1989 graduates. It will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the R.C. Wilson Building at 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit the College of Pharmacy’s web page.

For more information about Homecoming Week events, click here.

The UGA Alumni Association looks forward to welcoming alumni and friends back to campus for the 2014 Homecoming Week! Sic 'em!

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