Michael Ford Parks, 36, a teletype operator for the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service since 1972 who also was a writer and photographer, died Oct. 24 at Anne Arundel General Hospital of injuries he received in an automobile accident earlier that day. He lived in Tracys Landing, Md.
A spokesman for the Anne Arundel County police said Mr. Parks was traveling west on state Rte. 263 near Fairhaven Road about 10 p.m. when he apparently lost control of his car. The vehicle ran off the road, hit a fence and turned over, police said.
Mr. Parks was a native of Trenton, N.J., where he earned an associate degree at Mercer College. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland. He served in the Air Force for four years before moving here in 1971. He worked for Giant Foods in Lanham until he joined The Post.
In addition to his work in the news service communications center, he wrote articles on the outdoors and contributed photographs to this newspaper and to other publications.
Mr. Parks also taught photography at the Northern Virginia Community College. His hobbies included outdoors activities and gardening.
His marriage to Pamela Harris ended in divorce.
Survivors include a daughter, Amanda Jean Parks, of Elkton, Md.; his parents, Hobart F. and Ruth R. Parks, both of Trenton; a brother, Hobart F. Jr., of Houston, and a grandmother, Lena Parks, of Newport, Tenn.