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A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, for Keith Parkinson of Seaford, Va., who died suddenly in Blackpool, England, on Oct. 2, 2006. Parkinson (1934 - 2006) was a former manufacturing specialist at Old Dominion University's Technology Applications Center (now the Virginia Applied Technology and Professional Development Center).

He joined the university in April 1997 and retired in August 2003. "Keith was the first manufacturing extension program engineer that the college had. He was probably the best goodwill ambassador for the college that VATPDC has ever produced," said Oktay Baysal, dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology.

The memorial service will be at Amory Funeral Home in Grafton. The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following the service at the Seaford Women's Club.

Born in Blackpool, England, Parkinson came to the United States in the late 1960s, finally moving from Middletown Township, Pa., to Seaford with his family in 1989. He practiced mechanical engineering for 48 years, from small machinist shops in England to large multinational corporations in Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. These jobs not only fulfilled his career ambitions but also indulged his greatest hobby, travel.

Survivors include two daughters, Sue Hickory of Richmond and Heidi Pflug of Middletown Township, Pa.; four grandchildren; and one brother, Harry, of Cape Coral, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063 (note: Parkinson Memorial Fund).

This article was posted on: October 12, 2006

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