Panther Park renamed in memory of longtime university supporter
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Panther Park, the home of the Plymouth State University baseball team, has been renamed the Sharon and Carleton Parish Field in memory of the late Carleton Parish '71 and his wife Sharon, to recognize the decades of their unstinting support to the university. The dedication ceremony took place at the field on Sunday, May 6.
Carleton Parish is honored for his strong dedication and commitment to Plymouth State. After serving a four-year tour for the US Navy, Parish attended PSU and helped found Phi Beta Upsilon, a fraternity for returning veterans that focused on giving back to the community. After graduating, Parish stayed supportive of the university through both physical and fiscal donations and served on the Holmes Heritage Society and the President's Council in his later life. Over the years, his donations reached nearly seven figures and encompassed, among other things, two endowed scholarships.
"Carl's two greatest loves were his wife, Sharon, and Plymouth State University," said John Scheinman, Director of Development and Major Gifts at PSU. "He bled green and what was evident from our first meeting to our last was his unwavering belief in education and his commitment to his alma mater."
Parish was especially connected to the baseball team and cultivated rich relationships with the coaches, student-athletes, and parents alike. Over the years, Parish provided financial support for the team's annual spring trip to Fort Myers, Fla., and repeatedly donated Red Sox memorabilia for the team's fundraising auction. In his will, he left the remainder of his Red Sox collection to the team for further auctions, as well as a monetary donation to PSU's planned stadium and turf fields.
Scheinman hosted the dedication ceremony, which included remarks from President Donald L. Birx, former Director of Athletics and classmate of Parish's, John P. Clark '71, PSU baseball captain Dallas DeFrancesco, and Parish's longtime friend, retired US Marine Corps Major Joe Nemes.
Following the unveiling of a scoreboard bearing the field's new name, Nemes and retired US Air Force Colonel Craig Souza '87, another longtime companion of Parish's, threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Parish Field Dedication
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