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Lt. Colonel John B. Parrott, Ph.D.

Lt. Colonel John B. Parrott, Ph.D., 69, of Avoca, passed away on October 31, 2023, at his home. He was born in Avoca, July 22, 1954 and was the son of the late Dr. John B. “Doc” Parrott and Elizabeth “Betty” Gilchrist Parrott.

John was a graduate of Pittston Area High School, class of 1972. He has master’s degrees in Political Science from the University of Pittsburg and Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He taught as an adjunct professor at Oglethorpe University and Kennesaw State College in Georgia, and Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and the Scranton campus of the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his teaching he served as an Air Force intelligence officer, where before retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel he was the chief Persian Gulf analyst at Headquarters Air Force Intelligence in the Pentagon, and saw duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. John was also the author of three published books and many articles.


John is survived by many close friends and colleagues.


Memorial services will be held on Monday November 13, 2023 at 11:00am at Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea with Rev Jan Hunt officiating. Friends may call on Monday morning, November 13, from 10am until time of service. Interment will be held at the Langcliffe Cemetery, Avoca with military honors provided by the active members of the United States Air Force and the AMVETS Honor Guard of Greater Pittston.


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