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Monday, July 16, 2001
Sportswriter, broadcaster Parker dies of cancer
Associated Press


LINCOLN, Neb. -- Virgil Parker, sports editor of the Lincoln Journal and Star for 20 years, has died of cancer on July 14. He was 77.

Parker wrote the "I May Be Wrong" sports column and covered Nebraska's national football championships in 1970 and 1971.

He was the 1969 and 1970 winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award and co-authored a biography of former NU football coach Bob Devaney.

The Eugene, Ore., native began his sportswriting career in December 1967. He was editor of the Lincoln Journal's prep sports coverage before becoming sports editor in 1969.

After Lincoln Star sports editor Hal Brown's death in 1974, Parker became the first sports editor of the combined Journal and Star sports department.

Parker made an unsuccessful run for the Legislature in 1986 and retired from the Journal-Star in 1988 to become head of the Nebraska Golf Association.

Parker was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts after serving in the Army in Europe during World War II.

He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1947 with a degree in journalism, and worked in radio in Oregon and New Mexico for several years.

While in New Mexico, Parker was named president of the New Mexico Radio and Television Broadcasters Association.

He later was elected county treasurer in Los Alamos County, N.M.

Parker is survived by his wife Ginny, sons Tony and Eric, stepchildren Amy and John Duxbury and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday in Lincoln.




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