University of Idaho Alumni Association Honors Parker McCreary

Thursday, March 25 2010

Written by Jeff Olson

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Alumni Association will present its Jim Lyle Award to Parker McCreary of Wenatchee, Wash., in recognition of his long-term contributions as a volunteer to the University and the alumni association. McCreary will be honored at a ceremony Wednesday, April 28, at the Chateau Faire Le Pont winery, 1 Vineyard Way in Wenatchee. The hosted event runs 5:30-7:30 p.m., with an award presentation at 7 p.m.

“The Alumni Association is delighted to recognize and honor Parker McCreary for his decades of dedicated service and loyalty to his alma mater,” said Wayne Wohler, University of Idaho Alumni Association president. “His volunteer service has been extensive and he continues to serve whenever called upon, always with a smile on his face.”

McCreary, who is the retired executive director of the Central Washington Hospital Foundation, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Idaho in 1956. During the following 50-plus years, he remained a dedicated alumnus and volunteer. He has served as an adviser to his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta; hosted countless alumni and student recruitment events in central Washington; and has been a longtime supporter of Vandal Athletics through the Vandal Scholarship Fund. He also served on the national board of directors for the Alumni Association and was elected president for the 1998-99 term. McCreary currently is a member of the College of Education Advisory Board.

“He has hundreds of hours and thousands of miles in donated efforts to help his alma mater,” wrote one supporter of McCreary’s nomination for the award.

Wrote another: “I live and work in Wenatchee, which Parker shares as his home. His volunteerism is paramount for the University of Idaho, but it also extends to the local YMCA, the Bruce Hotel and Wenatchee Valley College. As a graduate of the University of Idaho, he sets an example of community service that makes our communities better places to live and work.”

The event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by April 20 to the Alumni Office at (208) 885-6154 or online at
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit