Parke K. Flick, 64, of Hendersonville, NC, died Monday, March 7, 2011 while on a scuba diving trip to Bonaire in the southern Caribbean.
The son of Virginia and the late H. Parke Flick of French Lick, IN, Parke was a 1964 graduate of Springs Valley High School, French Lick. He received his B.S.Ch.E. and his M.S. in organic chemistry from Purdue University and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. From 1977 to 1984 he was Asst. Professor of Biological Chemistry at the Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, OH. From 1984 to 2003, he worked as Director of Biotechnology Research for U.S. Biochemical Corp, which later became Amersham Pharmacia Biotech, in Cleveland, Ohio and Piscataway, NJ. He worked briefly as Director of Molecular Biology for the 454 Life Sciences Corp. in Branford, CT, then served as an adjunct professor of chemistry at The College of New Jersey, in Ewing, and taught chemistry at North Hunterdon Regional High School in Clinton, NJ before retiring to Hendersonville in 2006.
Parke loved the mountains of Western North Carolina and was happiest when he was out hiking in those mountains with the High Country Hikers. He volunteered with the North Carolina Forest Service doing trail maintenance. He also enjoyed playing golf, reading history, and classical music. He rang tower bells at St. James Episcopal Church and was treasurer for the Foxwood Property Owners Assoc. But his real passion was scuba diving, which he had pursued avidly for the past 15 years. This was his second trip to Bonaire.
Parke is survived by his mother, Virginia Flick, of French Lick, IN; his wife of 34 years, Sharon Johnson of Hendersonville; his two sons, Aaron Flick of Columbus, Ohio and Mark Flick of Lambertville, NJ; his sister Elizabeth Ann Charnes of Hilton Head, SC and his brother William Flick of Paoli, IN.
A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011, at St. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville followed, at a later date, by a graveside service and interment in French Lick, Indiana.
Memorials may be sent to Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, P.O. Box 341, Arden, NC 28704.