Dr. Pamela Lorraine Parker

Obituary for Dr. Pamela Lorraine Parker

July 6, 1947 - May 26, 2015
San Diego, California | Age 67


Dr. Pamela Lorraine Parker, born July 6, 1947, died May 26 at the age of 67 from complications of a MRSA infection contracted at Thornton Hospital in San Diego, CA. Born in Shreveport, LA, of Newton O.J. Parker and Gladys Annette Harrelson (aka Annette May), Pamela was a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, and Rice University, Houston. Pamela taught English at colleges & universities in three states over three decades: North Harris Community College - Houston, TX, University of North Texas - Denton, TX, College of Charleston – Charleston, SC, and Georgia Perimeter College - Lawrenceville, GA. She was academically published in the field of Southern Literature, specializing on writers such as Shirley Ann Grau and Kate Chopin.

Pam was someone to whom one could talk about anything: spiritual, political, literary, cinematic, musical, historical, traveling, etc. Although educated and serious, Pamela always maintained a child-like spirit with an infectious smile and laugh. She loved a good book, a good old movie and decorating for any holiday, often greeting friends and acquaintances with a little gift (a "sussy"). Pamela's students meant life to her, and her spirit will live on through them. She is survived by her husband Shawn Glisson of San Diego, CA. Pamela's final resting place and memorial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, 130 Stoner Ave., Shreveport, LA.