WFU Law School Dean for Students and Professor Debbie Parker remembered

A memorial service celebrating the life of former Wake Forest University School of Law Associate Dean for Students and Professor Debbie Leonard Parker was held Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Wait Chapel. A reception in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall followed.

More than 400 family members, friends, former students and co-workers attended the service. Law Professor Suzanne Reynolds and Parker’s children — Laurie, Jeffrey and Adam — shared remembrances and Law School Dean Blake Morant led a responsive version of the spiritual “Stand By Me,” by Charles A. Tinley.

Parker, the wife of Professor Wilson Parker, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 24, 2009, following minor surgery. She was 56.

Debbie Parker graduated from the law school in 1983. She then clerked for the Honorable Sidney S. Eagles, Jr. on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and in 1984, she returned to her alma mater to teach Legal Research and Writing from 1984-2000. She became the first Director of Legal Research and Writing in 1988 and helped establish national standards for the profession of Legal Writing.

In 2000, she took on new responsibilities to become the law school’s first Associate Dean for Students.

“Dean Parker was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed,” Clara Cottrell (JD ’07) wrote on the law school’s Facebook page. “Tony and I send our condolences to Professor Parker and their children.”

Rob Feldmeier (JD ’04) wrote on the law school’s alumni Facebook page: “Dean Parker was one of the nicest ladies a person could ever hope to meet. She was kind to me during adverse circumstances and I will never forget her for that. I am praying for Professor Parker and for her children.”

Donations may be made to the Deborah Leonard Parker Scholarship Fund, Wake Forest University School of Law, P.O. Box 7227, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.