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Maurice Drue Parrish, Museum executive. King Chavez Parks fellow University of Michigan, 1991, H.I. Feldman fellow Yale University,1972; Franklin W. Gregory scholar Yale University, 1974, National Achievement scholar University of Pennsylvania, 1968.


Parrish, Maurice Drue was born on March 5, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Maurice and Ione Yvonne (Culumns) Parrish.


Bachelor in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1972;Master of Architecture, Yale University, 1975.


City planner, City of Chicago, 1975-1981;architect, John Hiltscher & Associations, Chicago, 1981-1983;architect, Barnett, Jones & Smith, Chicago, 1983-1984;zoning administrator, City of Chicago, 1984-1987;building commissioner, City of Chicago, 1987-1989;deputy director, Detroit Institute of Arts, since 1989;interim director, Detroit Institute of Arts, since 1997. Interim director Detroit Institute of Arts, since 1997.


Board directors Arts League of Michigan, Detroit, 1994-1997, Mosaic Youth Theatre Detroit, since 2000, chairman, since 2002. Co-chairman Mayor's Affordable Housing Task Force, Chicago, 1984-1989. Chairman Chicago Electrical Commission, 1988-1989.

Member Chicago Economic development Commission, 1987-1989. President St. Philip Neri School Board, Chicago, 1981-1985, South Shore Commission, Chicago, 1982-1984. Member American Association Museum, American Association Museum Administrators, Construction Specifications Institute, Lambda Alpha.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: golf, chess, reading, astronomy.


Married Gail Marie Sims, September 2, 1978. Children: Theodore, Andrew, Brandon, Cara.

Maurice Parrish

Ione Yvonne (Culumns) Parrish

Gail Marie Sims

Theodore Parrish

Andrew Parrish

Brandon Parrish

Cara Parrish