Kenneth W. Parker, 44, owner of consulting firm Kenneth...

September 22, 2001

Kenneth W. Parker, 44, owner of consulting firm

Kenneth Weaver Parker, who founded a computer consulting firm, died Sept. 15 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries suffered in a traffic accident Sept. 10 in Columbia. He was 44 and had lived in Ellicott City about nine years.

Mr. Parker was the president and chief executive officer of Parker Management Consultants Ltd., a company he founded with his wife in 1991 to provide computer-consulting services to manufacturing companies. The company has offices in Laurel and Houston.

The company's employees were planning a surprise commemoration for Mr. Parker to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary.

Mr. Parker was born and raised in Indianapolis, and in 1979 earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at Miami University of Ohio. After graduation, he worked as an engineer for Grimes Corp. in Urbana, Ohio, then for several other manufacturing companies, developing an interest in information systems and manufacturing management.

In 1985, Mr. Parker moved to Maryland to work for Quantex Corp., then moved to Bosch Telecom Inc., until forming his company in 1991. In 1989, he earned a master's degree in business from the University of Maryland, College Park .

Mr. Parker was a private pilot and owned several airplanes. He also enjoyed deep-sea and fly fishing, NASCAR races, baseball and football, and had traveled throughout the Americas and Europe. He recently was awarded a blue belt in tae kwon do.

He was a member of Chi Phi fraternity and several Masonic groups including the Pittsboro Indiana Masonic Lodge 620, the Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis and Murat Shrine.

Funeral services were Thursday. The family suggested memorial contributions to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore 21201.

Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, the former Jennifer Manzke; his parents, R. Hugh and Ann Parker of Indianapolis; and a sister, Claire LiAnn Parker of Fairfield, Conn.

Jerry Ole Larson, 64, ad account executive

Jerry Ole Larson, a retired advertising account executive and environmental activist, died Thursday of complications of emphysema at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 64 and lived in Owings Mills.

Until he retired 10 years ago, he had been an ad account executive with Life magazine's Chicago offices, and with Time and TV Guide in New York.

He served on the board of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife and was an advocate for conservation and environmental preservation with Global Communications for Conservation based in New York.

A resident of New York for 25 years, he moved to Owings Mills in 1991. He had served as an elder and board chair of the Brick Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

Born in Waukesha, Wis., he was a graduate of Northwestern University.

He served in the Marine Corps in the 1960s.

He is survived by his best friend, Marilyn S. Meyerhoff of Baltimore; two sons, Graham Johnston Larson of Santa Monica, Calif., and Corbin Burke Larson of New York City; a daughter, Brooke Larson Thomas of Washington; three brothers, Thomas Lee Larson of St. Charles, Ill., Peter Richard Larson of Delafield, Wis., and David Edward Larson of Germantown, Tenn.; two stepsons, Tom Meyerhoff of New York City and Jack Meyerhoff II of Easton; a stepdaughter, Karen Meyerhoff Sweet of Newton, Mass.; and 12 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church's chapel, 4200 St. Paul St.

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