Parker Rossman, 94, worked toward solving global problems

Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 6:36 p.m. CDT; updated 10:11 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 19, 2013

COLUMBIA — Parker Rossman died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. He was 94.

Mr. Rossman spent his life working toward solving global problems through his work as an educator, a clergyman and a futurist. He was educated at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Chicago and Yale. He worked with the Christian Youth Movement following World War II, was a freedom rider and traveled the world often on World Council of Churches fact finding missions.

Mr. Rossman 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.

Mr. Rossman authored more than a dozen books including "Hospice," "Computers: Bridges to the Future," a children's book, "Pirate Slave," and two books on the future universities: "The Emerging Worldwide Electronic University" and his online book "The Future of Higher (Lifelong) Education."

Adopting technology early, 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.

Mr. Rossman is survived by his daughters Kristen, and Mary-Michelle; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

His wife, Jean, and his son, Terry, died earlier.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Lenoir Woods Epple Chapel, 3710 Lenoir St.

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