Dona Kirkham Parkinson

Social Science and Humanities

Dona Kirkham Parkinson (1921-)

was born and raised in Lehi, Utah, and graduated from Lehi High School. She received her bachelor of arts degree in Clothing and Textiles from Brigham Young University, and a master’s of science in Education and Counseling from UNLV.

Dona was a member of the Dixie State College faculty for 33 years, during which time she worked for eight different college presidents. She served as president of the Dixie State College Faculty Association and the DSC Women’s Association. She founded the outstanding DSC pre-school and the weaving program. During her tenure at the college, she served on city, county and state boards and committees, addressing a wide range of community interests including education, women’s issues, art and music, seniors, civil defense, health and civic beautification. “Mrs. Parkinson,” as she was known to her students, has been recognized as Outstanding Educator by Delta Kappa Gamma and by the St. George Chamber of Commerce, and she received the Distinguished Service Award from DSC. Dona has been a professor emeritus at DSC since her retirement in 1988. She is known for her hard work ethic and as a survivor, having won a battle with cancer. Dona and her husband Ken have four children and seven grandchildren.