Following up on past columns …
Raymond Parrish III will start classes in August at the Harvard Medical School — one of six prestigious institutions at which he was accepted.
Last August, I wrote about Parrish’s brilliant academic accomplishments at IU after compiling an outstanding record at Maconaquah, where he was valedictorian.
Interestingly, there’s a connection between Parrish and Connie and Park Cutler’s son, Nathan, who will do a four-year residency in ophthalmology and a two-year fellowship. Nathan was graduated in 2013 from the noted Johns Hopkins medical school in Baltimore.
Here’s the connection: Connie and Raymond’s mother, Julie, were roommates at Purdue. Connie was born and raised in Miami County. Julie, also a native Hoosier, settled in Miami County after getting a job with the Maconaquah school corporation, where Connie received her schooling. Julie, who teaches kindergarten, is now the longest-serving teacher at Maconaquah.
Speaking of Connie Cutler, who is the curator of the Peru Community Schools Fine Art Gallery, she informs me the gallery received six donations in April, raising the total to more than $100,000 since the gallery opened.
On March 5 and 12, I wrote two columns about the gallery, the second revolving around its primary benefactor, G. David Thompson, and his inspiration for being so, a former teacher, John Miller Whittenberger.
The new works were unveiled at the gallery’s May 4 grand opening.
“An anonymous donor from Indianapolis gave us six outstanding works of art to add to the collection,” Cutler wrote in an email.
The additions are:
• A charcoal sketch by Renoir.
• A watercolor sketch by John Singer Sargent.
• A pen and ink by Albert Gleizes (a French artist who is one of the main artists in the cubist style).
• A pen and ink drawing by Albert Marquet (another French artist known in the Fauvist movement).