Mark F. Parrish, 58, engineer and pianist

November 20, 2003

Mark F. Parrish, a mechanical engineer and pianist, died of a brain tumor Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Cockeysville resident was 58.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood, he was a 1963 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Loyola College. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in metallurgy and materials science from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

He also studied piano at the Peabody Preparatory School of Music, where he was awarded the Lubov Keefer Award for musical excellence.

In the early 1970s, he was a research engineer for DuPont in Wilmington, Del. He then became executive secretary to the General and Plastic Surgical Device Classification Panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring. He was a materials engineer for the National Center for Devices and Radiological Health there.

Dr. Parrish was the author of numerous scientific papers concerning the mechanical properties of thermoplastics. He also taught English to Japanese students and professionals while living in Tokyo in the 1980s.

He returned to Baltimore about 10 years ago.

Services are private.

Survivors include his parents, Frank and Rita Parrish of Cockeysville, and two sisters.

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