Lewis “Art” Parissi ’66 is a resident of Orange City, Florida, and teaches at Bethune-Cookman College. Art earned his Bachelor of Education degree in Physical Education. One of his fondest memories is they day he met his roommate for the first time; they remain best friends to this day.
After graduation, Art worked at Farmington High School in NH, where he his team won the 1970 Boys Basketball State Championship game, and was runner-up in 1977. He was also employed with Volusia County Schools in Deland, Florida, and was dean at Deltona High School in Deltona, Florida. His volunteer work includes five years as an AAU coach for women’s basketball.
Art has received three honorable discharges from three different branches of service. Beginning in 1956, he spent six years with the Navy, four years with the Coast Guard, and eighteen years with the Army Reserve. At one point, he was offered an opportunity to become a naval pilot; however he gave it up to marry and teach. To this day he says he wishes he had taken the opportunity to go and fly. However, not a great many can state that they were discharged honorably from three separate branches, making Art’s 28 years on reserves a rather outstanding accomplishment all in its own.
Art lives with his wife of 33 years, Martha. Art has two daughters and a grandson whom he adores. When he retires, he says, he wishes to take more time to enjoy his grandchildren. Lewis’s term on the Board of Directors ends in 2014.