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Gerald C. Parkhouse

May 15, 1931 ~ January 24, 2017 (age 85)
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Age 85 of West Elmira, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Gerald was predeceased by his wife, Valerie B. Parkhouse. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Peta Parkhouse of Cambridge, England; daughter,  Kirsten McGrath of Chester, England; by six grandchildren, Elliott, Erin, Ethan, Elizabeth and Edward Parkhouse and Megan McGrath; by great-grandson, Alfie Parkhouse, all of England; and by his sister, Mrs. Sheila Halvorsen Of Trowbridge, England. Gerald Parkhouse was born on May 15, 1931 in a small hamlet north of the City of Plymouth in England. Having been Captain of his school at Southampton, he won a place at Christ Church, Oxford University, where he studied French and German, obtaining his BA and MA degrees, and rowed for his college in numerous events, including Henley Royal Regatta. He later received an MS degree from Boston University, MA. He served a total of five years in the British Army and Reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. He joined the UK subsidiary of Mobil Corporation in 1953 as a management trainee, and was selected in 1957 to spend two years with Mobil’s New England Division in Boston, MA. Following three managerial appointments in the UK and Denmark, he returned to the United States in 1965 to join Mobil’s International Division. After a series of further managerial and senior management positions, he retired in 1985 from the position of Chairman, Mobil Aviation and Marine Sales Limited, in London, England. (Mr. Parkhouse became a U.S. citizen in 1971). He was immediately hired by Elmira College as its first Corning Glass Professor of International Business, a position he held until his final retirement (after 20 Years with the College) in 2005. Mr. Parkhouse was an active and well-respected member of the Elmira College faculty, being a regular member of Faculty Committees and with responsibilities including the administration of the College’s Rhodes Scholarship and Fulbright Scholarship activities.  He was, for two years, a Regional Visiting Fellow at Cornell University. He was engaged in community affairs, notably as a long-serving member of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade Committee, and as a member of the Town of Elmira Planning Board for a period of ten years, including several years as Secretary.  A life - long Episcopalian, Mr. Parkhouse was for varying periods a Vestry and Commission member at Grace Episcopal Church, where from 1993 until his death, he was also Head Usher. Mr. Parkhouse was an amateur church organist, and sometimes served as a substitute organist at Grace Church, as well as at Trinity Episcopal.  He was a member of the Chemung Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and held a Service Playing Certificate awarded by the AGO.  He was a keen researcher into the history of Oxford University rowing, and wrote several books on subject, as well as a number of scholarly articles published in major journals. He was a member of the Royal Automobile Club and Leander Club (UK), the Royal Danish Yacht Club (Denmark), and the Elmira City Club. THE BURIAL OFFICE WILL BE HELD IN GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 375 W. CHURCH STREET ELMIRA, ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017 AT 12:00 NOON. FATHER HAN VAN DEN BLINK AND REVEREND FATHER DR. WILLIAM C. LUTZ OFFICIATING. INTERMENT OF GERALD’S ASHES WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CONVENIENCE OF HIS FAMILY IN ENGLAND. Gifts to honor the life of Gerald Parkhouse may be made to the Grace Church Organ Fund, Grace Episcopal Church, 375 West Church Street, Elmira, NY 14901, or to a charity of one’s choice. 

 Service Information

Funeral Service
February 7, 2017

12:00 PM
Grace Episcopal Church
375 W. Church St
Elmira, NY 14901

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