Donald Parson died May 29, 2009, at Bedford, Mass. Born Sept. 14, 1916, at Boston, the son of Frances Arrel and Donald Parson, Sr., late of Pinehurst, N.C.
He attended Harvard University and later worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He was an oceanographer and inventor of several patented instruments and devices. He served in the Army Signal Corps in World War II. He married Helen Andrews and they had three daughters. He was widowed and later married Constance Guitner. His lifelong summer residence was in Brooklin, where he loved to sail his beloved Freya in the waters off Center Harbor and Naskeag.
He is survived by his wife, Constance of Bedford, Mass.; his daughters, Jane Trollinger of Jamaica Plain, Mass., Sallie Haywood of Delray Beach, Fla., Maria Morgan of Brooklin; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for August in Brooklin.