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Mr. William Parsons


Chair of the Arts Department
Job Title
Chair of the Arts Department

Faculty Information

Reid Art Center
Department Chair, Faculty, Fine Arts

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School Phone
Reid 105


B.A. in Philosophy, Union College

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Beginning his career in 1973, Mr. William Parsons is The Gow School's senior master. He is known for not only instructing his students in art, but also for his informal philosophical classroom conversations. In addition, he always enjoys sharing his interest in dinosaurs and J.R.R. Tolkien. Mr. Parsons received The Lowell L. Lundell Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1995.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Parsons is a renowned scientific illustrator. In 1985, the Buffalo Museum of Science contracted him to create a series of etchings related to vertebrate fossils. Since then, Mr. Parsons has created illustrations for the Buffalo Museum of Science's departments of geology, anthropology, and invertebrate zoology, the Museum of the Rockies, as well as for several other scientists and institutions. His illustrations have appeared in Discover magazine, Time, Newsweek, Natural History, Popular Science, Rolling Stone, US News & World Report, and on the front page of The New York Times and USA Today, as well as on the television programs and websites of the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

During his early days at the Buffalo Museum of Science, Mr. Parsons volunteered to work at the newly developed Pleistocene excavation that the museum's geology department was conducting in Byron, NY under the supervision of Dr. Richard Laub. Eventually, he and his wife, Kris, began to take a serious interest in archeology and vertebrate paleontology. In the field of archaeology, their interests have led to a variety of field research projects including the discovery of a small assemblage of Clovis-style Ice Age Indian artifacts near the northern-most end of the Smith River in central Montana. In vertebrate paleontology, they focused on the faunal community of the lower Cretaceous Cloverly/Kootenai geologic formations of central Montana. This has included: the discovery of a new armored dinosaur Tatankacephalus cooneyorum, five specimens of Deinonychus antirrhopus (Speilberg’s Velociraptor), six new taxa from a number of fossilized eggs, two forms of Mesozoic mammals (at least one of which is new to science), one of the oldest snakes ever found, a primitive bird, several adults and two hatchling-sized juvenile Tenontosaurus tilletti (a herbivorous dinosaur), and three sauropods (the long necked variety) dinosaurs which includes a sub-adult. They have published their results of their research in the peer-reviewed journals, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Current Research in the Pleistocene, Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, and the science journal PLOS ONE. In addition, the Parsons have made several presentations at the annual conferences of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. More publications are in progress.

Mr. Parsons and his wife live off-campus with their twin daughters. They have one llama, one horse, two cats and fish.