Author Thomas Douglas Parrish of Lexington and Berea died on Monday, January 8, after a short illness. He leaves his wife, Nancy Coleman Wolsk, niece, Diane Parrish, and nephew-in-law, Mark Campbell; stepsons, Jeremiah Wolsk (Rebecca), and granddaughter, Claire Coleman Wolsk of Washington, D.C., and Alexander Wolsk (Nancy Dow) of Wakefield, MA. He is also survived by twelve great-grand and grandnieces and -nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Julia Gourley Parrish and Harvey Douglas Parrish of Richmond, Kentucky, and two brothers, Harvey Douglas, Jr. and John Gourley Parrish also of Richmond.
Born in Richmond, Tom attended Model Laboratory School; he served in the U.S. Army and received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Chicago. A book editor in Chicago and in New York, he served as editor-in-chief for two publishing companies. In the mid-sixties, he directed programs for the Council of the Southern Mountains and was editor of the Council's Mountain Life and Work. He has written more than a dozen books on World War II and the Cold War; he also wrote Restoring Shakertown, and The Grouchy Grammarian. Tom's commitment to a life in words was matched by his commitment to the lives and welfare of still-suffering and sober alcoholics.
A service and reception in Tom's memory will be held at the Blue Grass Trust Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan House, 210 North Broadway, Lexington on Saturday, January 27, at 5 p.m.
Donations in his memory may be made to the University of Chicago general fund, the Hope Center in Lexington, and Making a Difference Now (MADN)the organization dedicated to the rescue of animals where he was a board member.
Published on January 16, 2018