Parramore, Thomas C(ustis) 1932-2004

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PARRAMORE, Thomas C(ustis) 1932-2004


See index for CA sketch: Born December 19, 1932, in Winton, NC; died January 14, 2004, in Raleigh, NC. Historian, educator, and author. Parramore was a noted authority on the history of his home state of North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he earned his doctorate there in 1965. His academic career was also spent at his alma mater, beginning as a history instructor in 1960 and becoming a full professor from 1980 until his 1992 retirement. Parramore's books dealt almost exclusively with various historical topics concerning North Carolina. Among these are Launching the Craft: The First Half-Century of Freemasonry in North Carolina (1975), North Carolina: The History of an American State (1983), which he wrote with Douglas Wilms, The Lost Colony in Fact and Legend (1983), written with F. Roy Johnson, Triumph at Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers and Powered Flight (1993), and First to Fly: North Carolina and the Beginning of Aviation (2002). A number of Parramore's books were used as history texts for North Carolina schools.



Los Angeles Times, January 17, 2004, p. B22.

Virginia Pilot, January 24, 2004, p. B9.


News 14, (January 15, 2004), "Expert on North Carolina's First Flight Dies."