Radiation Oncology Pioneer Robert Parker Dies at Age 80
Robert G. Parker, who served on the UW medical school faculty from 1958 to 1977, died March 31 in Los Angeles. He was 80.
Parker was director of therapeutic radiology at the UW, where he began the groundwork for radiation oncology as a discipline. He served as chair of the NIH radiation study section from 1975 to 1977. He also served on the National Cancer Institute Committee for Radiation Oncology Studies from 1969 to 1977.
At the time, most radiologists did both diagnosis and therapy. In 1977, he was recruited to UCLA, and he became the founding chair of the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology a year later. He retired as chair in 1994, but continued to practice medicine at UCLA until January of this year.
He is survived by his wife Diana, two sons, and six grandchildren.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Research and Education Foundation of the Radiological Society of North America.