Born 1-03-1929 -- Died 10-27-2007
David Parker, of Oxford, Ark., was born in Hawaii on Jan. 3, 1929, the son of George H. Parker and Dorothy Parker of Ozark, Ark., and died Oct. 27, 2007.
He survived the battle of Pearl Harbor and was a veteran of World War II, the Occupation of Germany and the Berlin Airlift, serving in the United States Army Air Force.
He gained his doctoral degree at the University of California at Los Angeles in neurophysiology and physiological psychology where he did research on aerospace related subjects.
He spent 18 years as a professor of psychology and chairman of the graduate school of general-experimental psychology at California State University, Northridge, retiring in 1980. He published many scientific articles and three popular books on sailing.
He worked at Douglas Aircraft's Melbourne plant and re-retired in 1991. He held a pilot's license, an aircraft and power plant mechanics' license, and also the inspection authorization from Federal Aviation Administration.
He built the first homebuilt aircraft completed in Izard County. He was a life-long sailor and completed single handed voyages of over 3,000 miles. He was a member of the Seven Seas Cruising Association, the Blue Water Cruising Club and the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club. He designed and built two sea going sailboats and was noted for his designs of self-steering systems for ocean going sailboats.
He is survived by: his wife, ?Marie Parker , of Oxford; step-daughters, Carlene Hill and husband Glen of Oxford and Lynn Proefrock and husband Kevin of San Diego, Calif.; and a sister, Jean Smith of San Clemente, Calif.
Memorial services were held on Nov. 2 at Oxford Cemetery with arrangements being made under the direction of the Cox-Blevins Funeral Home of Salem, Ark.