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Thomas  S.  Parsons


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By the Honorable Barry Keene, 2nd Senatorial District; and the Honorable Dan Hauser, 2nd Assembly District; Relative to commending THOMAS SAMUEL PARSONS

WHEREAS, Thomas Samuel Parsons is retiring as Director of the Center for Community Development at Humboldt State University following a long and distinguished tenure of service and, in recognition of his exemplary record of professional and civic accomplishments, he is deserving of special honors and highest commendations; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Parsons, a native of Niles, Michigan, served from 1942 to 1945 in the United States Army Air Force, including combat in the European Theatre for which he was highly decorated, and he graduated from the University of Michigan with A.B., M.S., and Ph.D. degreee; and

WHEREAS, During the period 1964 to 1967, he formed and operated the Community Education Association of Park Forest, Illinois, and served as Special Consultant to the United States Office of Education, the President's Commitee on Manpower and the Office of Economic Opportunity, and also as program designer, field consultant, and proposal reviewer, and, during a three-year period in the mid-1960's, he assisted in the planning and nationwide development of the Office of Economic Opportunity's Upward Bound Program; and

WHEREAS, In 1967, he settled in California and initiated and became Director of the Center for Community Development at Humboldt State University and under his tutelage, the center has established hundreds of projects and organizations which now contribute to the quality of life in northern California and elsewhere; and

WHEREAS He has been active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Asociation of University Professors, the American Indian Historical Society, the Community Development Society, the American Sociological Association, the California Academy of Sciences, and the American Psychological Association, and he is a life member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Kappa; and

WHEREAS, He also has been active in the community as Director of the American Lung Association of California, the Humboldt Arts Council, the Redwood Art Association, and the Redwood Coast Economic Development Council, Chairman of the Humboldt County Community Action Council, Founding Director of the Poundation for Religioue Transition, President of the United Way of Humboldt, President and Vice President of the American Lung Association of the Redwood Empire, and President and a member of the Board of the Humboldt County Health Planning Council; and

WHEREAS, His accomplishmente have earned for him a variety of coveted awards and commendations, as well as the great respect and sincere admiration of his colleagues and many devoted friends; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED BY THE JOINT RULES COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE AND THE ASSEMBLY, That Thomas Samuel Parsons be honored and commended for his illustrious record of professional and civic accomplishments, and extended best wishes for continued success in his future endeavors; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a suitably prepared copy of this resolution be transmitted to Thomas Samuel Parsons.

Resolution No. 104
Approved by the Joint Rules Committee Subscribed this 6th day of March, 1987

David Roberti, Chairman Senate Rules Committee
Leo T. McCarthy President of the Senate
Tom Bane, Chairman Assembly Rules Committee
Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. Speaker of the Assembly
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