Maclyn T. Parker
Graduation Year: 1951
Induction Year: 2007
Sport (s): Men's Basketball, Men's Track & Field

Maclyn “Mac” T. Parker was a Rector Scholar and graduated from DePauw in 1951 with a B.A. degree in political science. During his undergraduate years, he spent a year studying at the University of London/University College in Southampton, England. He earned a J.D. degree in 1954 from the University of Michigan Law School. In addition to completing graduate work at the University of California Law School, Parker received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Purdue University in 2000. Parker is a partner with Baker & Daniels LLP and works in the corporate and commercial law areas. His clients include Thunderbird Boats, Fort Wayne Lincoln-Mercury, Capitol City Ford, Olive B. Cole Foundation, Sewer and Water Utility Companies, Indiana National Bank, Franklin National Life Insurance Company, Glenbrook Center, North American Van Lines, Burlington Air Express, Nichidai Corporation (Kyoto) and Chuo Kagaku, Ltd. (Tokyo). A letterman at DePauw, Parker participated in both basketball and track. He was the second leading scorer on the basketball team as a sophomore. As an annual field goal percentage leader, he averaged a minimum of 2.5 FGM per game. During his senior year, the team finished 16-3, including wins over Butler and Ball State universities. As a member of the track team, Parker was the winner of Little State (all Indiana colleges except Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame) two years in pole vault. While studying in England, he earned colors, the equivalent of a varsity letter, in rugby. He was winner of the pole vault in the all-British universities game and tied for first place while representing England in international competition. His love for the game of basketball is further evidenced by his involvement as one of the primary owners of the Fort Wayne Fury, a professional basketball team in the Continental Basketball Association. Parker also played a key role in starting the Lifetime Sports Academy, which provides free daily lessons in tennis, golf and swimming to children for seven weeks during the summer at an inner-city park. Parker and his wife, Patricia Opie Parker ’51, reside in Fort Wayne, Ind., and are active volunteers with the University.