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George Parker Honored for Lifetime Service to Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 27, 2002

George Parker, who has served the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford University in more roles than even he can count, was honored by the Business School faculty recently with the Robert T. Davis Award recognizing extraordinary lifetime contributions to the School.

Parker, the Dean Witter Professor of Finance and Management, first came to the Graduate School of Business in 1960 as an MBA student and returned in 1965 to study for a doctorate. He taught at Columbia University and joined a venture capital firm before returning to the GSB faculty in 1973 to teach finance and direct the Sloan Program. Most recently, he directed the MBA Program.

Dean Robert Joss described Parker as an "irrepressible, enthusiastic, and tireless ambassador for the school"; a great teacher, communicator, and adviser to young people, deans, and university presidents. Former Davis Award winners, Charles Holloway and James Van Horne agreed that Parker was talented in these areas, but they picked apart his skills as a student and cowboy.

Parker drove Van Horne crazy with questions when he was in his finance class, Van Horne recalled. "Like the Eveready bunny, he never really wore down." Holloway regaled other faculty with tales of Parker's numerous mishaps on horseback, including the time he came back to the barn covered with the molasses that he intended as a lure to catch his horse.

The Davis Award was created in memory of Business School Professor Robert Davis and honors a faculty member for lifetime achievement at the School. Last year's Davis Award went to Jerry Porras, the Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior and Change Emeritus and director of the Leading and Managing Change Executive Program.
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