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  • January 2022

    Happy New Year! We hope this Parker Alumni Connection finds you and yours happy and well.

    The first half of the school year was an exciting time with a full return to campus and the opportunity to welcome back alumni at in-person events. In November, we celebrated Mary Brown’s 80th birthday on the Linda Vista Campus with friends, raised a toast to the last ten years of Parker graduates at the Last Decade Reunion, and welcomed back our Platinum Classes for a reunion and dedication of the fully restored Belle Baranceanu mural on the Mission Hills Campus. The opening reception of GIVE: Portraits by (alumnus and faculty member) Rob Hansen ‘87 which celebrated Parker Faculty and Staff, took place in the Rose Art Gallery. We welcome visitors to stop by until the show closes on February 4. This spring, we will be taking Parker on the road, visiting both the East and West Coasts, along with a stop in Denver. Please save the dates listed below and be sure to update your contact information. Last but not least, Alumni Giving Days of Impact will take place on May 11, 12, and 13, and we are grateful for your upcoming support of this year’s giving initiatives. Take care, and we look forward to connecting with you soon!


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  • Patrick Mitchell, Former Head of Upper School

    It is with great sadness that the Lancer community learned of the passing of beloved former
    Head of Upper School, Patrick Mitchell earlier this month. Patrick was part of the Lancer family for 19 years and left a lasting mark on the students, faculty, and staff at Parker. 
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  • Louis Blais Wonnell ’06

    It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Parker Lifer, Louis Blais Wonnell ’06 on Jan. 5, 2022. 
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  • A Good Man: A Reflection on the Life and Legacy of Patrick Mitchell

    By Dr. Robert Gillingham, former Head of Lower School

    Patrick Mitchell and I were both hired in 1991 to head our respective divisions, Lower School for me and Upper School for him. Little did we know then that we would spend the next 19 years together as members of Parker’s administrative teams, privileged as we were to collaborate in the independent school world. And now, in reflecting on that time, I realize that working alongside Patrick made my career immeasurably richer and more worthwhile.

    For me, moving from teaching to administration was quite a shock. I vividly remember sitting at my desk on my first day realizing that tough decisions that had always been made by others were now going to have to be made by me. Later, as I walked into the teachers’ lounge, a stroll that had always felt welcoming and congenial in my years as a teacher, I noticed the sudden muting of conversations and activity. These alien feelings and observations would persist for some time for me, but not for Patrick. With his background as a dean, he took to his new position like a duck to water. His professionalism, his charm, his immense interest in the well-being of others, and his joy in the work he was doing were apparent to everyone, and it was clear that he would be very successful in his new position.

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Alumni Giving Days of Impact
May 11-13, 2022

Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900