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Family and friends of the late Cissy McDaniel Parker gathered at the College of Education on Nov. 7 for a reception to celebrate the unveiling of a portrait of Mrs. Parker and honor her legacy.

The reception was held and the portrait hangs in the Cissy McDaniel Parker Dean’s Conference Room, which was renovated with funds from Ms. Parker and her husband Bob.

“I could not be happier to be at this unveiling, which just reaffirms the importance of Cissy to The University of Texas at Austin,” said UT Austin President Bill Powers.

Ms. Parker, who graduated from the College of Education in 1944, was a generous and dedicated supporter of its work through four deans. She and her husband funded the Catherine M. Parker Centennial Professorship in Education as well as the Cissy McDaniel Parker Faculty Fellows and, with the Parkers’ financial support, the college has been able to reward outstanding faculty who have distinguished themselves through their research, teaching, scholarship, and mentoring.

“Cissy was a distinguished member of our advisory council, an incomparable ambassador for us, and she loved the college with all her heart,” said Manuel J. Justiz, dean of the College of Education. “This beautiful conference room from the Parkers has been a gift that has kept on giving – it and the portrait are just two ways in which Cissy’s memory is kept very much alive in the College of Education.”

Photos from the unveiling event:

Dean Manuel Justiz

“This portrait is a tribute to a wonderful, wonderful lady who is very much a part of our College of Education’s history and traditions.” – Dean Manuel J. Justiz

 

Bob Parker and family unveiling the portrait.

On Nov. 7, family and friends of Bob and Cissy Parker gathered at the College of Education to celebrate the unveiling of Mrs. Parker’s portrait. The portrait honors Mrs. Parker’s decades of support and generosity.

 

UT Austin President Bill Powers, his wife Kim Heilbrun, Dean Manuel J. Justiz, and Bob Parker

UT Austin President Bill Powers, his wife Kim Heilbrun, Dean Manuel J. Justiz, and Bob Parker

 

Members of the professional music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha serenading reception attendees.

Members of the professional music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha serenading reception attendees.

 

Portrait of Bob Parker.

“Cissy was an angel, straight from heaven. She was so proud of this university, of this college, and of Dean Justiz. I can’t say how delighted I am that the college decided to give her recognition in this way.” – Bob Parker

-Photos by Christina S. Murrey