A memorial service on February 26, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church, Wesley Chapel, celebrated the life of Emeritus Professor John Parker, who passed away February 10, 2011 at the age of 90.
In 1966 Jack was the first staff member to join Larry Taylor in developing a new department of geology at Albion College. Jack's subsequent 20 years at Albion helped established a strong teaching and research foundation for the now thriving Department of Geological Sciences. He also played a major role in establishing its nationally known field course.
Jack brought to the department the wisdom of a World War II veteran, the experience of a seasoned petroleum geologist, and a wonderful partner, his wife Lu. Together they befriended and entertained many of our geology majors and remained in communication with them long after they graduated.
The memorial service, filled to capacity, brought together Jack's extended family, friends, teaching colleagues, and several of his former students, including Jaclyn Bird Allen, '71, Donel Moore, '72, Polly (Schweinsberg) Moore, '73, Ed Swartout, '75, William Bow, '80, and Lee Anne (Claucherty) Thor, '85. The service was presided over by Jack's friend, David F. Habicht, who presented a eulogy. Other family and friends, including Larry Taylor, presented readings and remembrances. Larry's contribution included comments about Jack from Walt Pomeroy '70.
For additional information see college news article about Dr. Jack Parker's recent passing. You can write memories of Jack at that site or send them directly to the Geology Department ().