• James Walter Parsons

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  • James Walter Parsons was born December 2, 1918 in Red Bluff, Calif. to Ethel and Berkley Parsons. Jim Parsons lived a long, vibrant life. He was raised on ranches in Montana and Oregon which instilled a love of nature and a confident self reliance. After graduating with the Ashland High Class of 1936, he attended Southern Oregon Normal School and appeared in early Shakespeare Festival productions under Angus Bowmer. At a SONS dance, Jim met fellow student Effie Sweet from Port Orford. In June of 1941, Jim and Effie married and he graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in broadcasting.
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