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Frederick and Virginia Parker

Fritz and Ginny Parker, both former educators with a love for the outdoors in general and the Adirondacks in particular, are big fans of the College’s Adirondack Interpretive Center. They have made a gift to renovate a classroom building there.

“We feel deeply about the future of the environment, and we felt the Center’s goals are totally in line with what we’d like to see happen -- to have kids outside and experience and value nature like we do,” said Ginny, a co-founder of a Montessori school that opened in Syracuse in 1975. “There’s no way to learn about nature unless you commune with it.”

“What they’re doing at the Interpretive Center is very worthwhile,” said Fritz, a retired surgeon and teacher at Upstate Medical University who also serves on the ESF College Foundation board. “The staff is really impressive, they do a great job.”

Fritz, a past member of the Syracuse Symphony board, and Ginny, who is active with Syracuse Stage, vacation every year on Crystal Lake on the western edge of the Adirondacks at a home that’s been in the Parker family since the 1850s.