April 24, 1947
Death Summons Dr. Parker, Prominent
Fayette Physician [Photo on original]
Succumbs to Heart Attack at His Home
Fayette people were shocked and saddened when
it was learned that Dr. James Donaldson Parker had suddenly passed
away early Friday evneing following a heart attack suffered a short
time after his arrival home from his office.
While the family had known of his ill health
at times, he has carried on much as usual, since reaching home from
California a week before, where he and Mrs. Parker had enjoyed about
three months, much of the time with relatives and old friends.
Dr. James Donaldson Parker, son of Dr. and
Mrs. Charles Parker, was born February 11, 18687, at Fayette, Iowa.
He attended the local schools and was
greaduated from Upper Iowa University in 1889. He attended the
University of Michigan Medical school from which he received his
degree in 1892. He returned to Fayette and entered practice with his
father. they combined practice spans more than a century.
In August of 1892 Dr. Parker was united in
marriage to Nellie Klemme of Ridgeway. To this union three children
were born, all of whom, along with their mother, survive to revere
his memory. They are Dr. Hugh Parker of Glenn Ridge, N.J.; Mrs.
Dorothy Goebel who was home at the time of her father's death; and
Mrs. Robert Fox of Baltimore, Md.
Dr. Parker was active in college, community
and church affairs. He was a past president of the Upper Iowa
University Alumni Association, and a past president of the Fayette
County Medical association. In 1942 he was made a member of the
University of Michigan Medical School and the Iowa State Medical
society made him a life member of the association to commemorate his
fifty years of practice.
He was a Trustee and member of the Fayette
Methodist Church, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the
Masonic fraternity. He was also active in the Fayette Community
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dr.
Daniel Parker and Charles Parker.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday
afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist Chruch with Rev. Wm. R.
Noland in charge. Music was furnished by the Music department of
Upper Iowa University. Prof. Frank Parten played the pipe organ and
Prof. Louis Malloy a violin solo. Interment was at Grandview
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Fox of Baltimore, Md., who
were called home by the death of her father, Dr. J. D. Parker, left
yesterday for the East.