Garth Rockwood Parker ‘57 and Rosalie (“Lee”) Coe Seely-Brown Parker ‘57
Garth Parker was the President of SOMAY Products, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of paints, waterproofing coatings and maintenance coatings for commercial and residential markets. Mr. Parker received his BA from Haverford College and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management in 1957 (then called the Graduate School of Business and Public Administration at Cornell University). Mr. Parker was an active member of many organizations and activities in the Miami area, including the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, the Coral Bay Yacht Club, the Riviera Country Club, the Cornell University Alumni Association, the Orange Bowl Committee, and the Rotary Club of Miami.
Lee Parker was Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of SOMAY Products, Inc. She was born in Providence, R.I., the daughter of U.S. Congressman Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. and Rosalie Hicks Slack Seely-Brown. A graduate of Cornell University in 1957, Mrs. Parker was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, the Coral Bay Yacht Club, the Riviera Country Club, the Jr. League, the Cornell University Alumni Association, the Executives’ Association of Greater Miami, and a Rotary Partner to her Rotarian Husband.
The Parkers resided in Coral Gables, Florida for the last 40 years. Together they hosted a number of student receptions for the Cornell Club of Miami, and have attended many Club functions over the years. They are the parents of three sons, Garth Rockwood Parker, Jr., Ph.D., of Lansdale, PA, Richard Lee Parker of San Francisco, CA, and William Seely-Brown Parker of Safety Harbor, FL, and four grandchildren.
The Cornell Club of Miami presents this Alumni Spotlight as a memoriam for Garth and Lee Parker, as they both passed earlier this year. We celebrate their life and honor their fine achievements. They were friends of the Club and they will be missed dearly.