Father / Son Faculty Duo Pay It Forward

Dads 80th bday bike rideMathematics faculty Jeff Parent (RO/SF) and his father, professor emeritus and part-time nutrition faculty Marv Parent, have established the endowed Parent Family Scholarship at OCC.

Jeff said the scholarship honors Marv’s mom and dad and established to say thanks to OCC for “all they did for our family. OCC has been very good to us.”

Marv Parent joined the faculty of OCC in 1970. For nearly 30 years, he taught chemistry, photography, and (after getting his Ph.D. from Wayne State University) nutrition. During his tenure, he was a department chair and elected “Faculty of the Year.” While teaching at OCC, he saw his son, Jeff, graduate from OCC before earning two master’s degrees and joining the College in 1993 as math faculty.

“Neither of my grandparents finished high school. My dad making it from a first generation student to a Ph.D. is an amazing testament to the support and determination of our family.”

The Parent Family Scholarship gives preference to students who are earning an associate’s degree in science and their home campus is Royal Oak or Auburn Hills, where the Parents teach. Many recipients have been students of both faculty members.Dads 80th bday bike ride with the grandkids

“It is a unique privilege to teach alongside my dad,” said Jeff. “There is so much pride hearing great words from students about my dad, and for my dad to hear about me. OCC has given us that unique opportunity.”

“Every year, Dad rewrites and updates his classroom notes and teaching guides and is just a great example of living the content he teaches.” As an example, Marv recently celebrated his 80th birthday by riding his bike 80 miles with the support of his family.

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