CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (July 7)—Patrick Streeter Parker, chairman emeritus for Parker Hannifin Corp. in Cleveland, died peacefully from cancer on July 6, surrounded by his family in his Cleveland Heights home. He was 75.
The son of Parker Hannifin founder Arthur L. Parker, Patrick Parker spent his working career with the company, serving in a number of positions before being elected president in 1968. He joined the board of directors in 1960, served as CEO from 1971 through 1983, and was chairman from 1977 until 1999. He retired as an employee in 1994.
"Pat, to everyone who ever met him, was a man of influence, integrity and warmth with a life-long enthusiasm for innovators and their inventions," said Don Washkewicz, Parker Hannifin chairman and CEO. "His drive to grow the company was rooted in his desire to serve customers better, whether through globalization, or a business model that places decisions close to customers, or internal product innovation, or acquisition.
"He made it a regular habit to talk with employees on the factory floor to get their ideas on how to improve the business. Pat touched the lives of many throughout the company and within the community. He will be deeply missed."
Parker is survived by his wife Madeleine; their son Maximillian, and daughter Astrid; three children by a former marriage: daughters Susan Parker Decker and Nancy Parker and son Streeter; two sisters, Cynthia Mathews and Joyce Evans; brother Thomas; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Helen (Holly) in 1992.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 13, 5:30 p.m. at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, reception to follow.