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Flags lowered for professors emeriti

Flags on campus are lowered in memory of Professor Emeritus John “Jack” Parker and Professor Emeritus Douglas H. Crawford.

A leader in cardiovascular care and research

Dr. Parker committed his entire professional life to Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital, a relationship that spanned nearly 60 years. After completing his MD in 1954, he undertook initial training at Queen’s, with further training in New York, Paris, Milan and London.

After returning to Kingston in 1961, he established a cardiovascular clinical care and research program that was widely recognized for excellence. He played a key role in the establishment of clinical services that are now routine, including cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery and critical care units for patients with cardiac disease. His research program had a global reputation; he travelled extensively to present his findings and collaborate with other scientists. Concurrently, he trained multiple young physicians who became leaders in cardiovascular clinical care and research.

Dr. Parker’s family will receive friends at Robert J. Reid & Sons “The Chapel on the Corner” (309 Johnson St., Kingston) on Friday, Feb. 6 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 11 am. Interment Cataraqui Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation – Cardiac Unit would be appreciated. 

The drive behind the master of education program

Dr. Crawford was a professor at Queen’s from 1962 to 1989. His research in the area of mathematics education was varied, reflecting his catholic interests. He wrote on individualized learning in mathematics and on the history of mathematics education in Ontario for the first half of the 20th century, and he explored mathematics for children with exceptionalities.

For many at the Queen's Faculty of Education, he will be remembered for his tireless efforts to establish the master of education program in 1971 in his capacity as co-ordinator of research and graduate studies.  

A memorial service will take place on Monday, Feb. 9 at 2 pm at Crossroads United Church (690 Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd., Kingston). Donations to a charity of choice in his memory would be appreciated by his family.