Dr. Par’s Biography

Dr. Parnell Donahue, (Par) was born and raised on a farm in Minnesota, the third child in a family of nine. He earned his medical degree from the Medical college of Wisconsin and served as a general medical office in the USAF. After completing a pediatric residency he practiced in Wisconsin and Georgia.

He and his wife Mary, and their dog Belle live in Brentwood, Tennessee. They have raised four kids. All are successful adults with PhDs; two sons are also MDs and on the Vanderbilt Medical School faculty. They have given their parents 14 very successful grandkids.

Donahue enjoys reading, writing, gardening, wood working, and cooking for friends and family. He has helped care for under insured children at a volunteer clinic; taught in an after-school program for at risk teens; and served on the board of CASA, a program which advocates for kids who end up in the court system through no fault of their own. Most recently he was a member of the pastoral board at his church.

Tools for Effective Parenting is Donahue’s fourth book. His first book, Germs Make Me Sick, was published in 1975; it was followed in 1979 by Sport Doc. Both books were published by Alfred A. Knopf and are no longer in print. In 2010 the popular Messengers in Denim was published, Tools for Effective Parenting was released by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, Inc. November 12, 2013. It is filled with easy solutions to many of the problems which plague parents. These tools will help kids become men and women of character.


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