Theodore Parker

Theodore “Tony” Parker was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. His citation is below:

In Tony Parker’s day, many students felt obligated to participate in as many athletic activities as possible in order to put the strongest teams on the field. Despite his rigorous studies and extracurricular activities, Tony Parker still found time for varsity soccer and track and field. Fortunately for the College, he excelled in both. Joining the soccer squad as a sophomore, he made an immediate impact at fullback. His speed and agility pitted him against the opponent’s strongest offensive player. His defensive play was critical to the Shoremen’s Mason-Dixon Conference championship title in 1961. A team captain, he continued this fine play during his junior and senior years, and capped his career with his selection to the Middle Atlantic Athletic All- Conference Team.

He performed even more brilliantly for the Shoremen in track. He scored more than 300 points in track meets while competing in the sprints, hurdles and relays. In four years, he competed in 85 track events in dual meets. He failed to score points in only three efforts and these were relay events. In 75 individual events, he won 49, took second 21 times and placed third only five times. He ran the relay 11 times, helping to emerge winners 8 times. He averaged four events per track meet for 18 meets during his first three years.
Tony was injured just before his senior track season began and entered only 11 events. He won twice, placed second 6 times, took third place twice and contributed to a relay win. He tied the school record in the 120-yard High Hurdles and still has the record in the 330-yard Intermediate Hurdles. His best individual effort was against Dickinson College in 1963 when he won the 120-yard High Hurdles, the 100-yard. Dash, the 220-yard Low Hurdles, was second in the 220-yard Dash, tied for first in the long jump, and ran a leg on the winning mile relay team. Washington defeated Dickinson 67 to 64. Two weeks later, the Sho’men won the conference relay championship at the Penn Relays, setting a new conference relay record. A co-captain and MVP player for three years, he received the Thomas Reeder Spedden Award for excellence in academics and athletics, as well as the Athletic Council Award.

Active in student affairs, Tony was President of the Student Goverment Association and the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He also participated in chorus and dramatics. After graduation, he remained with the College until 1969, working in admissions and public relations.

Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Tony Parker into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame on this second day of October, 2004.