Patrick Parker ’51, former president, CEO and chairman of Parker Hannifan, passed away.

Under Pat Parker’s direction, Parker Hannifin, which was founded by his father in 1918, grew substantially in size, global reach and product breadth: From the ’60s through the ’90s, he guided the company’s expansion into a wide array of hydraulic, pneumatic and electromechanical products solidifying its position as the global leader in motion and control technologies. Now an $8 billion enterprise, the firm had annual sales of $197 million in 1968 when Parker was named president.

Parker was extremely active in charitable activities, but seems to have had little if anything to do with Williams. I can’t find any listing of him on the College website. This might mean that he insisted on discretion in his gifts to the College, but I suspect some other story.

Condolences to all.

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