Marian F. Parker

March 11, 1947March 9, 2017

With her son and daughter at her side, Marian Faye Parker, 69, died at Moses Cone Hospital on March 9, 2017 after an extended period of declining health. A graveside memorial service will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, at 11 AM on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Marian was born in Wake County to the late Ralph Leonard and Drucilla Elaine Sawyer Parker. Marian loved to learn and valued education. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from UNC-G in 1975, followed by a J. D. from Wake Forest in 1978 and finally a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from UNC-CH in 1979. For thirty five years she enjoyed a distinguished career in higher education at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation. She was a Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library at NYU, Associate Law Librarian at Harvard University, Associate Professor and Director of the Law Library at University of Tulsa, Associate Director of the Law Library at SUNY Buffalo, Research Librarian and Professor of Law at Duke University and retired from Wake Forest University as Associate Dean and Law Professor.

She was blessed with five grandchildren whom she adored. Marian had an outgoing personality and joyful spirit which endeared her to others. Paris and London were two of her favorite destinations although she loved all of Europe and enjoyed time relaxing at the beach. As one might expect, Marian was a voracious reader of all types of literature.

Left to treasure her memory are her children, John Thomas Lamb III and Patricia Lamb (Shane) Naylor both of Summerfield; brother, Ralph Leonard (Catherine) Parker Jr., of Apex; grandchildren, Carson Tucker Lamb, Hunter Ruth Lamb, Grant Alexander Naylor, John Thomas Lamb IV, and Drake Thomas Naylor; and nieces, Katie R. Woodard of Arizona and Elizabeth E. Parker of Chapel Hill. In addition to her parents Marian is preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Parker Ridenhour (2008).

Marian believed in the spirit of kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity toward others. In keeping with those principles, in lieu of flowers Marian wanted kind thoughts for her family during this difficult time, memorial contributions to the Cerebral Palsy Association, 3205 E. Wendover Ave., Greensboro, NC 27505, donations of books to libraries, or donations of blood to the Red Cross.

On line condolences may be made to Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the family.


  • Graveside Memorial Service Friday, March 17, 2017

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Penny Hazelton

March 22, 2017

I knew Marian for nearly all of my career in law librarianship. She was so much fun! Her smile, laughter, and great attitude helped with the many challenges we faced over the years. I treasure my memories of her. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Ann Esch

March 21, 2017

Dear family of Marian, I knew wonderful Marian as a fellow law student at Wake Forest and more recently as a dear friend and neighbor on the campus of Wake Forest. My prayers are with you and I will never forget how much she added to my life with her kindness and joy. Sincerely, Ann Esch

Jenni Parrish

March 20, 2017

Remembrance of Marian F. Parker
I lost a great friend last week, one whose friendship spanned more than three decades. Marian and I never lived in the same place, never worked at the same law school, and yet somehow, we connected at a law librarians' conference back in the mid-'80s, and started a friendship that initially depended on both being academic law library directors, but soon became based on shared values.
Marian had a remarkable capacity to analyze problems rationally, methodically, calmly. I saw this again and again in our long and frequent phone conversations over the years. Together we pondered the challenges of United States legal education in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. We discussed the complexities of politics and of families. We shared health information and I marveled at Marian's management of her increasingly complex health issues.
Marian was a fighter. Perhaps partly due to her Southern heritage, she always knew what was the appropriate course of action. Due to her education and years of experience, she always knew what was the right thing to do. There was never anything undecided about Marian.
We shared the joy of each other's birthday and Christmas holidays with cards, gifts, phone calls. Living a continent apart, we did not see each other often in recent years, but then it had always been a relationship that was close in spirit but physically separated by thousands of miles.
We shared a love of mystery novels, dogs, the joys of grandparenting, technology, organizing things, interior decoration. I made a salad today in a gorgeous wooden salad bowl made in Vermont that Marian sent me several years ago. It brought a jolt to realize that it had come from her and that I will no longer be able to share with her the joy of its continued use.
The realization that she is no longer here in the world has come on me in waves. When my elderly and much beloved dog, Maya, was dying in 2004, Marian eased my pain through several conversations that we had about death; it was so comforting to me. She was a woman with a great heart, so much loved, and now so missed.

Dee Chesney

March 16, 2017

I met Marian through my brother, Nick. A group of of us traveled to Munich and Salzburg. Within a few minutes of our meeting at the train station Marian had won me over with her humor and great smile. I adored how she could be sweet, classy, witty and fiesty all in the same breath. What great fun we had singing along in the big tents at Oktoberfest, touring the wonderful museums and amazing castles. Wonderful memories of a beautiful spirit! My condolences to all who loved her and may your wonderful memories bring you comfort at this time.

Tory Trotta

March 13, 2017

I offer condolences to all of Marian Parker's loved ones. Marian was a lovely, gracious, brillant, kind and as you say joyful colleague and friend for many years. The world is a much colder place without her good humor and loving personality. I am so very sorry for your loss. .

Barbara Nelson Goff

March 13, 2017

I went from elementary to high school with Marian and I remember her as a kind gentle soul. We spent time together during those days but I had not seen her since then. I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray for each of you and hope that your sweet memories will get you through this very difficult time.

Tom Roberts

March 13, 2017

Marian was always a bright presence at the law school.

sue osborne

March 13, 2017

Your mother and I were classmates at GHS and had a lovely visit at our reunion recently. My deepest condolences to you in the loss of this brilliantly accomplished woman.

Ezra Zubrow (UB)

March 13, 2017

I knew Marian when she worked at the University at Buffalo. I am not a Law Librarian but an Anthropologist. She brought a certain breadth of experience, an interest in the wider university and a great willingness to help others outside of the law. She made a great contribution. She will be missed. My deepest sympathies to her family.

Vivian Schneider

March 13, 2017

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I am so, so sorry for your loss.

In loving friendship and
with deepest sympathy,