Dr. Edgar “Bud” Parsons served during World War II and came to Chapel Hill in 1960 to transform wooded areas of Durham into Research Triangle Park. He epitomizes the citizen soldier who returned home and built what we know today as “a little bit of heaven.” Only in his case, his foresight and drive helped make our state known for technology through the Research Triangle Institute and Park.
The Chapel Hill Recorder published a story about him. The Luckiest Man Alive is on-line. Here is an introduction to the story.
“One of the luckiest men I have ever had the honor of knowing is Dr. Edgar “Bud” Parsons. He survived World War II rifle company combat in the European Theatre, and served in the Air Force in Japan and Korea. He lived an fascinating and productive life by always being at the right place at an opportune time. For the Triangle area, Parsons brought his luck, expertise and fortitude with him to Chapel Hill, NC in 1960 to help transform the dream of a Research Triangle Institute and Research Triangle Park into a reality.” Read the full story