category: Faculty Emeriti - In Honor Of

Sherman Parrish

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Sherman Parrish

Dr. Clarence Sherman Parrish (1938- ) was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., the son of Frank and Helen Parrish. A boy who grew up on a farm in rural Halifax County, Parrish spent his early years through college days in the summers working on the family farm.

Parrish graduated as class
 valedictorian from William R.
 Davie High School in 1956. He
 attended Berry College in Rome,
 Ga., from 1956-1960, where he
 double-majored in chemistry 
and mathematics. At Berry College he met his wife, Joan Eubanks, who graduated from Berry with a major in home economics. After graduation, Parish began his graduate studies in physical organic chemistry at the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Miss., earning his way as a research and laboratory assistant. He married Joan during the summer after one year of graduate school. Parrish continued his studies towards a Ph.D. degree and Joan began her studies for a master’s degree in child development.

Parrish began his teaching career in Campbellsville, Ky., in fall 1964, while completing his dissertation and oral examination; the degree was awarded in January 1965. After six years of teaching chemistry and serving as chair of the Department of Natural Science at Campbellsville College, Parrish transitioned to Gardner-Webb University, where he taught chemistry for 33 years and served as department chair.

He also served in the Department of Natural Sciences as a professional advisor to students entering medical school, pharmacy school, and medical technology programs. The medical technology programs were coordinated programs with Bowman Gray and Carolina Medical Center. Throughout his career he served on the pre-professional committee of the department which interviewed and recommended prospective students for graduate and professional studies. He retired at the end of the 2002-2003 academic year and was selected as professor emeritus of chemistry. After retirement, the Department of Natural Sciences began the Sherman Parrish Freshman Chemistry Award in his honor.

The Parrishes have two children, Holley and Tim, both of whom are Gardner-Webb graduates. Holley graduated as a nursing and business major, while Tim graduated with a degree in chemistry.

Since May 2003, Parrish has spent much of his time doing church work and community activities. His interest in computers, photography, and videography has been shared with the seniors of the church and community through the teaching of classes and visitation. Parrish has also led the Boiling Springs Baptist Church media ministry. He coordinated audio ministries through radio and served as producer and editor for weekly pastoral video outreach.

Source: Personal Interview—Cindy McKinney

Updated: August 2014—Sherman Parrish

Updated: July 2022Noel T. Manning II

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