Faces of Berkeley: Paul Parish, Campus Bartender and Rhodes Scholar

Sybil Lewis
The Daily Californian

When Paul Parish was a Rhodes Scholar in the late 1960s, he became close friends with former United States President Bill Clinton.

Now, he enjoys a versatile lifestyle as a bartender at the UC Berkeley faculty club, dance instructor and dance critic in Berkeley.

Parish’s life journey has led him from a small town in Mississippi, to Oxford University in England, and to Berkeley where he started working at the faculty club.

Parish loves his job at the faculty club and enjoys the community that he has created there. He said he does not regret pursuing his passions rather than a professional career.

“The main thing is don’t be a careerist — professionalism is overrated,” Parish said of his outlook on life. “Stay true to yourself.”

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