Plymouth State University Dedicates Baseball Field in Honor of Sharon and Carleton Parish ’71

Plymouth State University (PSU) honored PSU alum, Carleton Parish and his wife, Sharon, by naming its baseball field in recognition of their dedication and longtime support of the University, and to its baseball program in particular. The Sharon and Carleton Parish ’71 Field was dedicated in their memory on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

The Sharon and Carleton Parish ’71 Field was dedicated in their memory on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

After serving a four-year tour in the U.S. Navy in the 1960s, Parish, a Haverhill, NH, enrolled at PSU, where he helped found Phi Beta Upsilon, a fraternity for returning veterans that focused on service to the community. After graduating in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in social science, Parish taught for one year before joining the United States Marshall Service, where he served in various roles for 34 years. Throughout his adult life, Parish remained deeply committed to the University, giving both financially and through volunteer service. Over the years, his financial contributions to the University reached nearly $1 million and supported two endowed scholarships, among other things. Since 2011, 14 PSU students have benefited from Parish’s philanthropy.

“Carl’s two greatest loves were his wife Sharon and Plymouth State University,” said John Scheinman ’19P, director of development. “He bled green, and what was evident from our first meeting to our last was his unwavering belief in education and his commitment to his alma mater.”

Donald L. Birx, president of Plymouth State University, address members of the PSU community who gathered to honor the legacy of PSU alum Carleton Parish and his wife, Sharon.

Parish was passionate about New England sports, especially baseball and the Red Sox. He forged a special connection with the PSU baseball team and cultivated rich relationships with coaches, student athletes, and parents alike. Over the years, Parish provided financial support for the team’s annual spring trip to Fort Myers, FL, and regularly donated Red Sox memorabilia from his prized collection for the team’s annual fundraising auction, and left his remaining Red Sox collection to the baseball team for future auctions. His final gift was a donation to the fundraising initiative for PSU’s future stadium and turf field.


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