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Cliff Parsons

Class of 1965

Posted on: 8/9/2010 3:31:51 PM

Julius "Cliff" Parsons Jr. Standout basketball player Julius Clifford "Cliff" Parsons Jr., 63, formerly of Trotwood, Ohio and Monroeville, died July 21, 2010, in the Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md. He was born March 22, 1947, and was a son of the late Julius C. "Buck" Parsons, Sr. and Jean (Farr) Kennedy. Mr. Parsons was born and raised in Monroeville, where he graduated from Gateway High School in 1965. He was inducted into the Gateway Athletic Hall of Fame for his basketball records, in 1999. Mr. Parsons attended the Air Force Academy from 1965-1969 where he set several records as the center for the Academy basketball team. He is still the only academy player to average a career double-double in scoring and rebounding at 19.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. In 1968, he was selected as a Helms Foundation All-American and a Division I Academic All-American. After graduation, Mr. Parsons fulfilled his active duty commitment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio from 1969-1974 where he held jobs as an industrial engineer, the base athletic director and commander of the base civil engineering squadron. In 1972, he helped lead the Armed Forces All Stars to the National AAU Championship and received AAU All-American honors. After leaving the Air Force, Mr. Parsons first played professional ball in Holland and Australia where he played for the Dandenong Rangers in Australia's Premier League. He worked as an industrial engineer by Brown and Williamson until he returned to the Dayton area in 1979. His last job in the Dayton area was with the consulting and services firm Aerotek. For the last four years Mr. Parson served as the production manager for the Optical Ceramics Division of Technology Assessment and Transfer Inc. in Annapolis, Md. Surviving are his wife, Beatrice (Saul) Parsons; a sister, Margaret "Gie" Parsons of Clarion; his mother-in-law, Bernice Saul; two nephews; three great-nieces; and a gre
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