John Parry to Return in 1982

Despite published reports last spring that he had delivered his last Jecture at Harvard, John H. Parry, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, will begin a final year here next fall when he returns from sabbatical.

Wallace T. MacCaffrey, chairman of the History Department, dismissed the reports yesterday, saying, "I think people got the impression that because [Parry] left, he was retiring."

Parry, a noted scholar and professor of a popular series of courses on oceanic history known to students as "Boats," is spending the year at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. In 1983 he will go to the University of Southern California at Los Angeles for a final year of teaching, MacCaffrey said.

MacCaffrey added that Parry will "probably teach half-time" during his final stay at Harvard, and said he is not sure which courses Parry will teach