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Reception / Open House

Forrest Parkay Memorial

Lewis Alumni Center, Pullman, WA 99164

About the event

Forrest Parkay, 1944-2019

An open memorial service will be held for our friend and colleague Forrest Parkay.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Lewis Alumni Centre
Pullman, WA 99164

Forrest Parkay holding different editions of his book Becoming a Teacher.
Fun facts…
  • Born in Normal, Illinois
  • Undergrad and Master’s in English at University of Illinois
  • Taught high school English for eight years at DuSable HS in Chicago’s inner city while also getting his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.
  • Southwest Texas State University (now called Texas State), 1978-1983.
  • University of Florida, 1983-1991.
  • Began work at WSU in 1991 and “retired” in 2017 (“retired” because, let’s be honest, he never entirely quit working).
  • Faithful to his workout routine and a runner for many years.
  • Voracious reader.
  • And, most importantly, father of four daughters.


Cat Parkay (with help from Arlene Parkay)