Amherst Magazine

Parker DormanJohnson Chapel Associate: Parker S. Dorman '44

Service has been Parker Dorman’s hallmark throughout his life. At Amherst he was the football team manager and a member of the Student Council, Chi Psi, and the Sphinx and Scarab honorary societies. During World War II he served in the Navy. And in his professional life he helped untold numbers of patients during 40 years of clinical practice in urology. He also served his colleagues through membership in nine professional organizations. Even in retirement he has continued to serve, being active in Kiwanis, Boys and Girls Home, and environmental and civic groups in his Washington, D.C., and Maine communities.

In today’s world, where questions about the value of a liberal arts education abound, Parker unhesitatingly defends his Amherst education. He says the college taught him to think and ask questions and provided him the tools to pursue a successful career in the service of our country and others. And he proudly leaves a legacy: One son (Tom ’70) and one daughter (Janet Bryce ’80) are Amherst graduates, and one daughter (Joan Davis, Smith ’73) was a Five-College exchange student.

Thoughts on giving to Amherst: “Giving to Amherst has become an annual ‘rite of spring,’ and planned giving has made it attractive to make larger gifts, while at the same time providing financial benefits for Janet and me.”

The Johnson Chapel Associates society recognizes those alumni and friends who name Amherst a beneficiary of their estates or provide for the college through life income gifts. For more information, contact: Timothy A. Neale ’70, Director of Planned Gifts, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000, (413) 542-8256,,