Deceased December 23, 2021

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In Memory

John Parks died on Dec. 23, 2021, following a long battle with cancer. He fought bravely, but in the end he went peacefully in his sleep with his wife by his side. John spent his life as a clinician in pediatric endocrinology and was an emeritus professor with tenure at Emory University School of Medicine. He will be remembered for his tireless work guiding and nurturing the pediatric endocrinology careers of generations of fellows. His patients and their families will remember Dr. Parks as a kind and caring physician with endless energy to figure out even the most puzzling of problems. As his family, we will miss him beyond words. He was a devoted and loving husband and father but, above all, the greatest PopPop of all time. He is survived by his wife Sydney Waddell Parks. John was predeceased by his wife Georgia Bigley Parks.

At Amherst, John stood out because of his great size and deep voice but especially for his warmth and humor. Bert Rein ’61 recalls hobbling with a sprained ankle ahead of John and Ted Savage ’61. Perhaps frustrated by the delay, John picked Bert up and carried him to the next floor. John was awarded the Meiklejohn Prize in American studies. He was a member of Scarab and Sphinx, president of the Student Council and captain of the track team, where his events, of course, were the hammer throw and shot put.

Stephanie Parks Webb and Charley Updike ’61