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Parker Rossman worked for world peace as author, educator

Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 5:18 p.m. CDT

Parker Rossman passed away quietly on October 18, 2013 at the age of 94.

He spent his life working towards world peace and solving global scale problems through his work as an educator, a clergyman, and a futurist. Educated at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Chicago, and Yale, he worked with the Christian Youth Movement following WWII, was a freedom rider, and traveled the world, often on World Council of Churches fact finding missions.

He lived in Geneva, Switzerland where he worked for the World Council of Churches and in Beirut, Lebanon where he worked with the Greek Orthodox Youth Movement.

He is the author of more than a dozen books including "Hospice" (1979), "Computers: Bridges to the Future" (1985), a children's book, "Pirate Slave," and two books on the future of the university: "The Emerging Worldwide Electronic University" (1992) and his online book "The Future of Higher (Lifelong) Education" (2002).

An early adopter of technology, he was frequently a keynote speaker on using computers and the internet at international conferences especially in the area of providing worldwide education to the developing world.

He is predeceased by his wife Jean and his son Terry. He is survived by his daughters Kristen and Mary- Michelle, and by six grandchildren and a great-grandson. A service of memory will be held at the Epple Chapel at Lenoir Woods at 11 am on Monday, October 21st.


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