Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Donald B. Parrish, Ph.D., 97, of Manhattan, died May 27, 2011, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.

He was born Sept. 24, 1913, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Harry E. and America (Baker) Parrish.

Dr. Parrish earned his bachelor's in 1935, his master's in 1938 and his Ph.D. in 1949, all in industrial chemistry from Kansas State University.

He was a high school science and chemistry teacher from 1936 to 1943, an assistant chemist at the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station from 1943 to 1949, assistant professor of chemistry and assistant biochemist and nutritionist at the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1949 to 1952, assistant professor of chemistry and associate biochemist and nutritionist with the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1952.

He was promoted to professor in 1962 and retired as professor emeritus in 1983. He was also an associate referee for the vitamin A in Mixed Feeds for AOAC starting in 1954.

Dr. Parrish's fields of research were in experimental animal nutrition, vitamin A analysis, requirements and metabolism and trace mineral nutrition.

His professional and honorary societies included: Sigma XI, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Nutrition, Animal Nutrition Research Council, Association of Official Agricultural Chemists, American Society of Animal Production, American Dairy Science Association and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Locally, Dr. Parrish was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sertoma, Wranglers, Retired Teachers Association, Riley County Historical Society, Veterans Coalition and had played his clarinet in the city band for more than 60 continuous years.

At the age of 85, he started working on a book of the history of Manhattan and surrounding area and when he was 89 the book he authored, "This Land Is Our Land," was published by the Riley County Historical Society. It is commonly referred to as a reference for the early history of Manhattan.

Aug. 22, 1936, in Enterprise, Kan., he was married to Hazel A. Bebermeyer. Mrs. Parrish preceded him in death on July 27, 1990.

He was also preceded in death by one son, 1st Lt. Roger A. Parrish, in Vietnam in 1969.

Survivors include two children: Col. (Ret.) Robert J. Parrish and his wife Dorothy Anne of O'Fallon, Ill., and Joan E. Adams and her husband Lt. Col. (Ret.) Stephen F. Adams of Montgomery, Ala.; two siblings, Elizabeth Brazee of Overland Park, Kan., and John Parrish and his wife Amy of Minneapolis, Minn.; and four grandchildren, Steven and Susan Parrish and Melanie and Levi Adams.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Pastor Andy Hargrove officiating. Interment will follow in Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family of Dr. Parrish will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at ""

Memorial contributions may be made to the Riley County Historical Society. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, Kan., 66502.