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Fayette County Leader

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April 24, 1947

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Death Summons Dr. Parker, Prominent Fayette Physician [Photo on original]

Succumbs to Heart Attack at His Home Last Friday


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 Club.


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 cemetery.



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.

~ transcribed and contributed by Crystal A. Bingham <>

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