Mini Profile

Parr, right, directs security detail for President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan in the early 1980s. (COURTESY JERRY PARR)

Jerry W. Parr, BA’62, Matters of Life and Death

On March 31, 1981, Secret Service agent Jerry W. Parr was head of the detail protecting President Ronald Reagan during a speech at the Washington Hilton. When would-be assassin John Hinkley Jr. opened fire, Parr shoved Reagan into a waiting car and ordered him taken to George Washington University Hospital—actions credited with saving the seriously wounded president’s life.


Taylor Bruce, BA’04, Guiding Spirit

Bruce decided to start his own series of field guides, called Wildsam, in 2012. The books are “packed with local lore, interviews, memoir, hand-drawn maps, personal essays and more,” according to the Wildsam website.


Duncan McDougall, BA’83, One for the Books

Duncan McDougall spent part of his 20s guiding expeditions of the physical world—whitewater and backcountry trips in places like Alaska and New Zealand. Since 1998, however, he has been leading expeditions of another kind, guiding children on a journey to literacy.


Dr. Robert Mahley, MD’70, PhD’70

Dr. Robert Mahley recently received a $2.5 million grant from the Wellcome Trust to fast-track a drug that could neutralize the protein researchers believe is the genetic cause of Alzheimer’s disease—the apolipoprotein E4, or ApoE4.


Amy Christine Ellis, BA’96

Recently, Amy Christine Ellis was named a master of wine by the Institute of Masters of Wine—one of only 312 people to hold that title worldwide, and one of only 10 women in the United States.