William Parra ’64 enriched the lives of everyone who crossed his path with kindness, compassion, and unwavering love. Bill sought to serve others and, after earning a bachelor’s in psychology from Santa Clara and a master’s in urban life from Georgia State University, made invaluable contributions to many essential public health initiatives. He dedicated 37 years to the federal government, 35 of which were spent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he assisted with the CDC’s response during the early days of the AIDS epidemic. In retirement, he continued to work with the American Social Health Association and at the CDC-led global tobacco control efforts. Bill enjoyed travel and cooking, delighting his family with creations infused with his Mexican-American heritage. He died March 8, 2024.

23 Apr 2024