Connections: Bob ’60 and Brenda Parry

Visionary Gettysburgians for lifetime giving.

Bob ’60 and Brenda Parry dedicated an ongoing unrestricted mid-six-figure gift from an insurance policy.

Bob retired as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 2004.

Most Influential G’burg connection

Charles R. Wolfe, Gettysburg College’s dean of admissions at the time, admitted me to the College before the start of the spring semester in 1958. That decision started me on a path to receiving my bachelor’s from Gettysburg College, and later a master’s and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. It also enabled me to pursue a career that included teaching economics at the college level, serving as the chief economist at one of the largest commercial banks and financial holding companies, and a long career with the Federal Reserve System.

Important college memory

In early March of 1960, I was elected to membership in the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, along with 19 of my fellow classmates.

Why Bob and Brenda support G’burg

Among several reasons is the College’s emphasis on providing a first-rate liberal arts education. Also, we are convinced that without the support and direction I received from my years at Gettysburg, my professional life would have been very different and possibly less rewarding and satisfying.

Career highlights

Serving as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve System for more than 18 years—first under Chairman Paul Volcker and later under Chairman Alan Greenspan. The FOMC is responsible for the formulation and the implementation of monetary policy for the U.S. economy.