Silver Spring, MD. November 1, 2016
– The employees and supporters of Adventist Risk Management Inc. (ARM) are saddened to hear of the passing of Stanton H. Parker, former president of ARM. He passed on Saturday, October 29 in Loma Linda, California at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy “Dolly” Parker, four daughters, 6 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. A private service will be held on Friday, November 4. The family is establishing a memorial fund to benefit the Goldendale Adventist School in Washington. Memorial gifts can be sent to the Yucaipa Seventh-day Adventist Church, PO Box 1099, Yucaipa, California 92399.
Parker became an employee of ARM when it was known as the General Conference Insurance Service (GCIS) in 1958 after operating his own private insurance company. He oversaw operations in the West Coast office of GCIS for close to 20 years before pursing other endeavors. Parker returned to GCIS in 1983 to lead the company as president. The company’s headquarters were located in Takoma Park, Maryland at the time.
Parker became an employee of ARM when it was known as the General Conference Insurance Service (GCIS) in 1958 after operating his own private insurance company. He oversaw operations in the West Coast office of GCIS for 17 years before pursing other endeavors. Parker returned to GCIS in 1983 to lead the company as chief executive officer. The company’s headquarters were located in Takoma Park, Maryland at the time.
A Legacy of Risk Management
Parker was known for his insurance prowess. He is described on page 132 of the biographical book, “The Church at Risk” as “One of the first Adventist Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters and a diligent student of the business, he had a bright and energetic outlook and had long distinguished himself as an innovator who saw risk management as far more important than simply the selling of insurance policies.”
"Stanton Parker saw risk management as far more important than simply the selling of insurance policies."
Parker led the organization’s name change to Risk Management Services (RMS) in 1983 and the company’s self-insurance program and insurance captive in Vermont were established under his tenure. Parker also began the first ARM client risk management newsletter, which celebrated its 20th
anniversary in 2015 and is known as Solutions
today. He was also known for supporting continuing education, a legacy that continues at ARM today.
“Stanton Parker’s focus on risk management holds true in today’s world of risk and uncertainties. It is the mission and ministry of ARM to protect the ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist world church. Thank you Stanton Parker for your commitment to providing a safer environment for our members, guests and for the generations to come,” Tim Northrop, president and CEO of ARM.
Adventist Risk Management, Inc. is the risk management company for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We provide risk management services and insurance product solutions to assist the Church in eliminating oversights that can lead to costly accidents. ARM has its corporate headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, and satellite offices in Riverside, CA, St. Albans, England and Brasilia, Brazil. Please contact Frenita Buddy Fullwood at 301-680-6929 for more information. We also invite you to join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.