Alan C. Parker ’56 died October 29, 2011.
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Alan died Oct. 29, 2011, in Winter Park, Fla. After graduation, he was accepted into the U.S. Navy OCS and was commissioned an ensign later that year. He served as an air and radar target intelligence officer at Sanford (Fla.) Naval Air Station and aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. After leaving active service, he remained a drilling reservist for another 23 years. Alan moved to Winter Park in 1969 and became president of Amherst Development, Inc. (good name!), the developer of the 93-unit Cloisters Condominiums on Lake Osceola. He later founded Alan Parker Realty, Inc., which earned him a reputation for honesty, integrity, fair dealing and attention to detail. In 1975, he joined Congressman Lou Frey’s staff as district representative and served as campaign coordinator when he ran for governor. He then went back to APRI, where he offered real estate brokerage, property and project management services until he retired in 2002.

He took great pride in being a “downtown Winter Park citizen.” His offices were within a block of Central Park, and he built his retirement home adjacent to his office in 2002. He served on many boards and committees, including the Real Estate and Facilities Task Force, the Community Redevelopment Agency, the Master Plan Steering Committee for Mead Garden, the Park Avenue Area Association, the Orange Avenue Business Association and the Hannibal Square Association. He served the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce as trustee, director and member of the executive committee and was designated as the chamber’s Citizen of the Year in 2007. He held a commercial pilot license with instrument rating for many years and was an avid traveler, visiting 38 states and numerous countries.

—James C. Blackburn ’56