James William Parins, retired Professor of English and Associate Director of the Sequoyah National Research Center at UALR, died Sunday after a long illness. He would have been 74 on November 19. Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1939, he was the oldest of the nine children of Joseph and Marion Van Beek Parins. He attended parochial and public school in Green Bay and after high school joined the Marine Corps Reserve. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and graduated from St. Norbert College. After a short business career, he returned to school, earning a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1972.