Mr. and Mrs. Frank Willis of Ridgewood, N. J. announce the engagement of her daughter, Adrienne Vallet Parks to William Cox Noyes Bowman,son of Col. (USMC ret) and Mrs. John Webster Bowman of Washington, D. C. Miss Parks is also the daughter of the late Robert O. Parks, who at the time of his death in 1963, was a stock analyst and associate of Goldman Sachs, and had been vice-president of Bankers' Trust of New York. Earlier he had been well-known as "Bobby Parks and His Society Orchestra," and for two years was the bandleader at the Stork Club.
Miss Parks is the granddaughter of Mrs.Adrien Vallet of New York and Haute Savoi, France and the late Mr. Vallet, and of the late Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Parks of Nyack, N. Y. A Phi Beta Kappa,Miss Parks recently graduated summa cum laude with a B. A. in English from Princeton University. She was awarded the Class of 1859 Prize and was co-winner of the Page Memorial Prize - both for writing. Since her sophomore year, Miss Parks has been designated a "University Scholar" and is planning a career as a writer.
Mr. Bowman, a graduate of St. Ablans School here and Princeton University (74) has studied film-making, radio-TV, and theater under private teachers including the current "Tony" and Pulitzer prize-winning actor-playwright, Michael Cristofer. He is continuity director, assistant manager, and producer of regular and special shows at WNEP-TV in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa.He did freelance work for WETA-TV in this city and did researching, writing, and producing for WTOP-TV, particularly for the award-winning "American Documentary Series," on the nightly TV reading-aid program for children,"The Vanishing Shadow." His father is an associate of Frazier, Gross and Clay, radio and television management consultants.Previously Col. Bowman was manager of engineering for the Washington Star Communications, Inc. after serving in the Marine Corps as Chief of Communication Electronics. Mrs Bowman is a professor classical singer and teacher of voice.
The groom-elect is the grandson of Mrs. Smith Hempstone of this city and the late Capt. Hempstone, USN, and the nephew of the syndicated columnist, Smith Hempstone. He is a direct descendant of the late Crosby Stuart Noyes and the late Theodore W. Noyes, father and son editors and owners of the Washington Star for over a hundred years; and of the Hempstone family, pre-Revolutionary War settlers of Montgomery County. He is also the grandson of Lee Reed Bowman of Sikeston, Mo, and the late Mrs. Bowman, and the great grandson of the late Judge William Cullen Bowman, who founded and headed the Scott County Milling Co. in Missouri, family owned and operated up to the present.
A January wedding is planned in New York City.