The son of Major General Edwin P. Parker and Hannah Somerville Matthews Parker, Nicholson (Nick) Parker was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 27, 1921.
Nick graduated from West Point Military Academy in June 1943 and joined the troops of the 69th Division participating in the linkup with the Russian Army at Torgau on the Elbe River. His career in the U.S. Army continued with a variety of roles including gunnery instructor at Fort Sill and research and
development of artillery and guided missiles (most memorable the Jupiter-C satellite) at the Pentagon.
He earned Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering and International Relations as well as being a graduate of the US Army War College and the Command and General Staff College. His last assignment was in London where he represented the U.S. in the NATO weapons and equipment standardization program. Retiring in 1969 as Colonel in the U.S. Army and living in Washington DC, Nick taught math at St. Stephen’s School in Alexandria, VA and was active in his family’s church, Christ Church, Georgetown. In 1980 his love of sailing took him to St Mary’s County MD where he built a home on St. Inigoes Creek and worked for years as ‘acting’ Admissions Director at St. Mary’s College. He served as treasurer at Trinity Church, St. Mary’s City and HOPE of Southern Maryland. For nearly a decade, until his death, he was a devoted member of St. George‘s Episcopal Church, Valley Lee.
His survivors include his beloved wife of over 70 years, Cynthia Joan Parker, of St. Inigoes, Md; daughters, Anne P. Kennedy of Washington, D.C. and Susan E. Parker of St. Inigoes, Md ; granddaughters, Parker K. Rea and Merritt K. Shaw; and great grandsons, Campbell and Gardner Rea.
Memorial Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on August 11, 2016 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Valley Lee, MD. Interment will be at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown.
Memorial contributions-St. George’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 30 Valley Lee, MD 20692; Hospice of St Mary’s PO Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Condolences may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.