December 21, 2009
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Stephen Parry Dies; Longtime Transit Professional
Stephen T. Parry, 59, a transportation planner who began his career while a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles, died Nov. 29 of complications from a hemorrhagic stroke. His fascination with buses and their routes began in childhood.
During his college years, Parry designed the college’s two-line Bengal Bus system, which remains in operation today; he served as student body president and graduated in 1972. He received a one-year Thomas Watson Fellowship in 1973 that allowed him to study transportation systems around the world, and later earned a master of public administration degree from Pepperdine University.
Parry served the former Southern California Rapid Transit District, now part of Los Angeles Metro, for 23 years, first as a transportation planner and eventually as director of schedules and operations planning. His major accomplishments included coordinating transportation plans for NFL Super Bowls and the pastoral visit of Pope John Paul II; organizing crisis mode plans during the 1992 riots following the Rodney King verdict; and spearheading bus service during the 1984 Olympic Games.
He became director of service development at AC Transit in Oakland, CA, in 1995, and joined CHK America in Santa Barbara, CA, in 2001.