Wayne Douglas Parker PhD

August 6, 1951November 26, 2012
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Wayne Douglas Parker, PhD, age 61, passed away on November 26, 2012 after a two year battle with carcinoid cancer. Wayne was born August 6th, 1951 in Montgomery, AL, the son of Evelyn and Franklin Parker. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, where he was a member of the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group. After receiving his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Temple University, Dr. Parker completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He has since been a marital and family therapist for over 35 years. Wayne was an active member of Buckhead Church, where he and his wife participated in the marriage mentoring program. He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin Parker. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Miriam Parker, their children, Matthew E. Parker of St. Louis, MO, Meredith Parker Toy (Christopher) of Atlanta, GA and Grant A. Parker of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by his mother, Evelyn Parker, sister, Ellen Kitchens (William) of Atlanta, GA, brother, Robert Parker (Karen) of Menton, France and precious granddaughter, Kylie Toy. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. The family will receive friends and family one hour prior to the service at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel. Burial will immediately follow the service at Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, or 333 Mamaroneck Avenue #492, White Plains, NY 10605.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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January 23, 2013

I knew Wayne when he was a student at Yale, and when he, Steve Kieran, Barbara DeGrange, and I shared an apartment in Philadelphia in 1973-1974. He was a wonderful human being, kind, witty, gentle, caring; at the time, we both were living apart from our future spouses (because of our respective graduate programs), and used to lament our situations while we were taking a break from studying in the evenings. He was deeply in love with his future wife. I was shocked to read of his untimely passing, and even these many years later, am so saddened that he is no longer with us. But he made an incredible difference in people's lives even when he was young. He was very interested in my studies in religion, which we used to discuss; I am not at all surprised that he became a pillar of his church. May his soul rest in peace. God bless you.
(Rabbi)Mindy Portnoy (Yale 1973)

Stephanye Peek

December 10, 2012

Dearest Miriam, Matthew, Meredith and Grant, I just learned of the passing of Wayne from dear friend Ann Judd. I pray for God's richest blessing on the Parker family as I know how much Wayne is loved and will be missed. What a legacy. I have over the years been honored to know you, Miriam, and I am so glad we stay in touch annually by Christmas cards and pictures. I only wish now I had been a better friend. Ann has been so good about keeping me in the loop about you, Wayne and your precious family. Wayne had such a heart to help others make their lives better.
Miriam, I am here for you and hope to get in touch soon. Jonathan and his wife Tiffany go to Buckhead Church and are in a small group. Thanks to you and Wayne for making marriages better for others by sharing of your marriage of 33 years.
I Love you my friend. And will always cherish our times of running together.
Love, In Christ,

Jay Efran

December 8, 2012

I was Wayne's dissertation advisor when he was in graduate school. He was a wonderful student, an original thinker, and a terrific human being.

Molly Layton

December 8, 2012

I knew Wayne when we were both in the graduate program in clinical psychology at Temple University. In fact, at one point he was my supervisor -- and you can imagine how lucky I was to have a person with such a combination of gentleness and sharp intelligence. It was wonderful to see the photographs of Wayne with his family, and I know you were all the beneficiaries of his caring delight. I am so sorry for your loss.

Danielle Conley

December 5, 2012

Dr. Parker was such a caring person, and though I only knew him in the past year, he had a significant impact on my life. I will always be grateful. His family was so fortunate to have him in their life, and I'm so sorry for their loss.

Kieran Claffey

December 4, 2012

Wayne Parker was a kind and gentle soul and will be missed by all those he touched.

Paul Wingard

December 1, 2012

Morningview/Capitol Heights/Lee and Morningview Baptist. Wayne was a part of those "growing years" memories! Please accept my most heart felt sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Linda Givens

November 30, 2012

Mrs.Parker Ray&Linda Givens Are sadden for your lost.You are in our prayers.

November 29, 2012

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. Parker's passing. He was the classic example of tough love, holding one accountable but yet loving. You were a man of great peace and insight. Know that you are now in the ultimate place of complete solitude. Love and peace to all of you and your family.

November 28, 2012

Mrs. Parker, Ellen, Robert and family: I am so sorry to learn of Wayne's death. Your beautiful family is a happy memory from the old neighborhood. With sympathy and prayers for your loss, Elaine Clark LeFleur (Fay and Dewey's daughter)