Husband Arnold Scaasi
Parker Ladd (1928 - November 14, 2017), of New York and Palm Beach, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, in the comfort of his home surrounded by family and friends.
He was the son of Gerald and Eldred (Bridges) Ladd of Hardwick, Vermont and a graduate of the University of Vermont. After serving in the US Army he moved to Sweden where he worked as a bookseller, then relocated to Los Angeles before moving to New York. Long a respected executive in the publishing community, he enjoyed a successful career at Charles Scribner's Sons and was also a director at the Association of American Publishers.
Following his retirement Parker had a second career as a television producer for the A&E program, Open Book, an interview talk show featuring authors and their work. He was known as a savvy interviewer who always approached his subjects from a unique perspective.
Following his television career he went on to develop and produce an interview format breakfast series at the Brazilian Court Hotel called the Book and Author Breakfast. The series was a popular Palm Beach weekly event that drew both bestselling and local authors into lively and interesting conversation replete with wit, charm, and attractive enthusiasm.
Parker, along with his husband, international couturier Arnold Scaasi, and their dear friend and journalist Liz Smith, was one of the founders of Literacy Partners Inc., a nonprofit organization that envisions a future in which every parent has the tools to create success for themselves and a better future for their children. Since its inception the organization has helped more than 25,000 adults make better lives for themselves and their families through free adult education classes in New York City.
Aside from their passion for adult literacy, Parker, Arnold, and Liz produced an Evening of Readings gala that became one of the most celebrated annual social events for New Yorkers, raising millions to support this worthy cause.
A longtime patron of the Quogue Public Library, Parker also produced a book/author program to raise funds for the library. He was also an avid bridge player and could be seen at many tables in New York, Quogue, and Palm Beach. Parker was a loyal and loving companion to his partner and husband of fifty-three years, Arnold Scaasi, who preceded him in death.
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Palm Beach Daily News (Palm Beach, Florida) 16 Nov 2017, Thu • Page A4