Parkers Receive Old North State Award
Five Guilford alumni from the same family – siblings Conrad Parker ’62, Elwood Parker ’64, Edgar Parker ’69, John Parker ’72 and Elizabeth Parker Haskins ’76 – have received the Old North State Award from the N.C. Governor’s Office.
Recognizing significant contributions to the State of North Carolina, the award was established in 2004 by Gov. Mike Easley and presented to the Parkers by Gov. Pat McCrory.
The Parkers, who grew up in Woodland, a town in Northampton County, N.C., received the honor at the College’s Alumni Awards Ceremony April 26. They also were among six recipients of the Alumni Excellence Award.
“It is a particular honor for me to represent our family and have the opportunity to make remarks now,” John Parker said at the Alumni Awards Ceremony.
“I have grown up in the midst of the best family that anyone can imagine – three older brothers and a younger sister and their spouses – who have guided, literally and symbolically; teased and joked, but with love and care; and always, ultimately shared ways to do things that may not have been the most efficient, but that valued the pride of accomplishment and the intrinsic value of respecting others in the process.”
Collectively, the siblings have been teachers or administrators in high schools and colleges for 181 academic years. Beginning in 1958, at least one was a student at Guilford over 17 of the next 18 years. Four generations of the Parker family at Guilford began with George and Elizabeth Parker, parents of the recipients, who graduated from the College in the 1930s.
- Conrad Parker is a retired high school educator who coached football, basketball and softball in North Carolina and Virginia for nearly 40 years. He was a games official and was inducted to a regional softball hall of fame.
- Elwood Parker is in his 45th year teaching mathematics at Guilford. In addition to teaching, he has been a leader in several fundraising campaigns. For 30 summers he worked in summer recreation and day camp programs.
- Edgar Parker taught mathematics at James Madison University for 28 years and now teaches at Guilford. He has a productive research career in differential equations and with inquiry-based learning pedagogy.
- John Parker is a retired public school teacher and administrator who was superintendent of Roanoke Rapids Schools and director of instruction in Northampton County. He once worked with Teach for America.
- Elizabeth Parker Haskins was a curriculum specialist for public and parochial schools in Chicago, with an emphasis on diversity and antiracism initiatives. Now retired, her last positions focused on curricular and instructional administration.
All five participated in intercollegiate athletics, collectively playing 33 seasons in four sports at the College and earning a variety of awards. They all earned graduate degrees after finishing at Guilford.