Professor, university administrator. Born– December 22, 1901, in Monroe, N.C. Parents– Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Della (Cox) Parker. Married– Carolyn Adele Edwards, July 3, 1926; children–three. Education– University of North Carolina, A.B., 1923; A.M., 1924; Princeton University, 1926-1927; Brown University, Ph.D., 1931. Taught at the University of the South, 1924-1925; University of North Carolina, 1925-1931; Princeton University, 1926-1927; Mississippi Woman’s College (now William Cary College), 1931-1934; Georgia Institute of Technology, 1934-1936; Louisiana State University, 1936-1947; University of Georgia, 1947-1950; Auburn University, 1950-1953; Graduate Dean at Auburn, 1953-1972. Published over thirty papers in mathematical journals. Member of the Mathematics Association of America and other professional organizations; helped organize the Alabama Association of College Teachers of Mathematics. The mathematics building at Auburn was named Parker Hall in his honor by the Auburn Board of Trustees.  Died November 25, 1987.


Battle, Anne Parker, William Vann Parker, Alabama Journal of Mathematics, XIV (1990), 7-10.

Who’s Who in America, 1976-1977


Matrices. New York; Ronald Press, 1960.


The Department of Special Collections and Archives at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University holds a collection of William Vann Parker’s papers.