Parrill, I. Benjamin
Benjamin Parrill passed away Sunday, August 26, 2007. Born April 22, 1917 in New York City, he had been a Dallas TX resident since 1946.
Raised by his mother in limited circumstances, Ben, at the age of 10, began working after school hours and continued until his graduation with honors from Columbia University School of Business in 1937. He started his business career as an executive at R.H. Macy. In 1941, responding to a call from then, Office of the Quartermaster General in Washington, D.C., Ben served as Chief of the Statistical Stock and Accounting Section. He later served in North Africa and throughout the Mediterranean Theatre with the American Red Cross as chief accountant and as the equipment liaison with the US Army from 1943 until 1945.
Since 1946, Ben held the following positions: President; Texas Miller Products in Corsicana, President; Adam Hats Inc., in Dallas, CEO and Chairman; Miller Bros. Industries in Dallas and New York; and as President; Hat Institute of America.
Ben was a member of Congregation Shearith Israel and Temple Emanu-El , both in Dallas, and a longtime supporter of numerous organizations and charities, including the Dallas Symphony Association, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Opera, Southwestern Medical Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.
A bachelor until 45, Ben married the love of his life, Selma Novy, a recent widow with three children that quickly became Ben’s own. He openly expressed the depth of his love for Selma, as she did for him, and their life together and mutual affection for each other were of storybook proportion. Unable to be separated by death, Selma passed away only 13 days before Ben.
Survivors include children: Melinda Parrill and husband Christopher James, Forrest Novy and wife Kit Belgum and Wayne Lawrence Novy, two lovely grandchildren: Morgan Dace Novy and Mariah Jac Novy. He was predeceased by his sister, Gretna Zlatin and his beloved daughter, Claudia Smith.
He will be laid to rest beside Selma in a graveside service on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 10:00 AM in Temple Emanu-El Cemetery. Rabbi David Stern will officiate.
No flowers please. If desired, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.