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Alumni will be inducted into the Parsons College Wall of Honor at the
5th Annual Ceremony in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Interested people, history buffs and friends of Parsons College are all invited to attend these events.
 
 
David Harding ‘71 – Tallahassee, FL… After a flourishing stint at Parsons with heavy involvement in
intramurals, the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, as a resident counselor, as well as finding time to become
Fairfield’s  “first ever” Director of Parks and Recreation, David headed off to Ball State University to
obtain his M.A. degree.  He followed that up by enrolling at Florida State where he earned a Ph.D. 
Apparently Florida agreed with David.  As of now, he’s touting over 25 years experience in applied
economic research, statistics, and over 15 years leading and directing the socioeconomic section of the
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission).  The primary
objective of the economic section is to maximize the conservation of marine and wildlife resources in
Florida through the application of applied economics.  A few of their research study projects included,
assessing the economic impact and value of Florida’s public piers and boat ramps; economic value
of public access (recreational boating); national resource damage assessment of  BP’s oil spill in the Gulf
of Mexico; and a economic and travel route analysis of Hurricane Katrina.  David is the Chief Economist
at the Florida Marine Research Institute (Fish and Wildlife Research Institute) and has 10 years
experience teaching college level  economics, policy analysis, problem solving and leadership, with many
invited professional presentations under his belt.  He is also a visiting Assistant Professor at the
University of Florida (Gainesville) and the University of North Carolina (Greensboro).  The Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission has awarded David the following awards: Outstanding
Achievement in Economics, Superior Job Performance, and Executive Director’s Special
Recognition Award.  In the community, David has contributed his time advising and instructing
students/graduates, as a non-paid member, of the Graduate Faculty in Agricultural Economics at Florida
A&M University since 1999.  Looking back, he credits Parsons as the foundation of his academic
enlightenment and achievements.  “Parsons allowed me to dream of what might be, and has served me
well throughout my career,” he said.  David is married to Barbara, has one son and three grandchildren. 
His WOH presenter will be Jim Kennedy…
 
 Larry Litwin ‘67 – Berlin, NJ… Larry has been from one end of the public relations arena to the other. 
Between reporter, anchor, editor, assistant director, director, adviser and educator, he’s done it
all.  Larry’s accumulated so many awards and tokens of recognition (300 reported) if you lined them all
up they’d run from Fairfield to Mt. Pleasant.  His lifelong affection for Parsons was born in the mid-
60’s.  His first big gig was at KMCD in Fairfield as Sports Director.  He was the voice of the Parsons
Wildcats football team when they played in the Pecan Bowl.  That assignment carried over to the
basketball season and the NAIA tournament in Kansas City.  Upon graduating from Parsons, Larry
headed back east intent on continuing his education.  He stayed in the radio field through Philadelphia
and New York before heading to Glassboro State College to pursue his M.A. in Communications and
work for the college as Assistant Director of Community Relations.  After stops at Haverford Township
and Washington Township Public Schools as Director of Community Relations and Public Information,
respectively, he went on to the glamour of television.  Larry worked in the multi-roles of reporter,
anchor and editor at KYW-TV.  He was then in-and-out of his own apparel business before landing
with the U.S. Department of Labor in Philadelphia as Deputy Regional Director (Information and Public
Affairs) before landing at Wilmington University in Delaware as Adjunct Professor (Public Relations and
Marketing).  Currently he’s now back in Glassboro, NJ working for Rowan University in the role of
Associate Professor in the College of Communications and serving as an advisor to several related
entities.  Larry serves on numerous boards and committees and is a member of a number of
communication societies and is involved with several community projects such as the Red Cross, DARE,
Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, March of Dimes, Economic Development, and finds time to umpire
baseball during the summer.  Of all the awards, the most meaningful to Larry are, “The Rowan
University Mentoring Award” – induction to “The Public Relations Society of America College of
Fellows” – and induction to the “South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame.”  When asked by Rowan College
students why he wears the green and white at commencement, he proudly says, “Because I graduated
from Parsons College and it’s my way to pay tribute!”  Larry and wife, Nancy, who was a co-ed at
Parsons, have been married 45 years.  They have two children and three grandchildren.  Nancy will
present Larry to the Wall of Honor …
 
 
Additional information regarding registration for the events of the weekend can be obtained by
contacting David Neff at 641-919-4640 or by e mail at neffacres@lisco.com.
 

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