Robert Parker II
- Post by: mcalibrary
- January 3, 2024
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Bob Parker was an athlete whose greatness was not appreciated or recognized until he had gone on to other things. He was an athlete at Kulpmont High School immediately before the Golden Era of Kulpmont sports from 1938 thru 1945. He was an outstanding track athlete for then Coach Glenn Menges and lettered for four years in both track and cross country before his graduation in 1935.
After leaving Kulpmont, Bob enrolled at Bloomsburg State Teachers College where he repeated as a four year letter winner in both cross country and track and field. During 1937and 1938, he was a member of the Bloomsburg track teams which went on to win the Pennsylvania State Teachers College Track and Field Championship. The Bloomsburg team had also won the championship at the famed Penn Relays in 1938. He was one of five seniors on that team who had never lost a dual meet their four years on the team.
Following graduation from Bloom in 1939, Bob returned to Kulpmont where he coached basketball for a number of years. During that time he was also an outstanding sandlot basketball player for a team know as the Imperials and also played basketball with the Mercuries. Bob later earned his Master’s degree from Columbia University before moving to Bucks County with his wife Helen. They eventually returned to his beloved cola region and retired in Denmar Gardens, Kulpmont.