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  • Matt Cross
    San Antonio Express-News, 24 Jan 1995 Parma was pilot, longtime dentist Dr. Jerome Parma was a fighter pilot in World War II and a longtime San Antonio
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      San Antonio Express-News, 24 Jan 1995

      Parma was pilot, longtime dentist

      Dr. Jerome Parma was a fighter pilot in World War II and a longtime San Antonio dentist.

      "He was very proud to have served his country," recalled his wife, Kathleen Parma of San Antonio. "He was very devoted to his patients. They really loved him."

      Parma, 71, died Friday from a heart attack.

      He was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Ganado. His family moved to Jourdanton, where he grew up. After high school, he attended St. Mary's University, but his studies were interrupted by World War II.

      He joined the Army Air Corps and was a pilot in the 93rd Fighter Squadron, 81st Fighter Group, and flew in the China-Burma-India Theater from 1943-1945.

      After the war, he left the service and returned to San Antonio. He resumed his studies at St. Mary's and also served as the captain of the baseball team.

      He then attended the Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago where he received his D.D.S. degree in 1951.

      He returned to San Antonio and began his practice. His first office was on South Presa and he eventually moved to an office on Nacogdoches Road.

      He was still engaged in a full-time practice at the time of his death.

      "He loved golf and he liked to fish -- and, of course, baseball," his wife recalled. "He coached Little League for several years. He loved children, so he was always helping by being a coach."

      Parma was a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association and the San Antonio District Dental Society..

      Other survivors include two daughters, Dr. Mary Parma Phelps of Kenedy and Barbara Parma Peterson of San Antonio; two sons, Dr. Jerome G. "Chip" Parma Jr. and James K. Parma, both of San Antonio; a sister, Agnes Matocha of Jourdanton; four brothers, Emil Parma, Louis J. Parma, Edwin F. Parma and Dr. George F. Parma, all of San Antonio; and five grandchildren.

      Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with interment to follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
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