Obituary: Richard Barron Parker – Portland Press Herald

Richard Barron Parker

PORTLAND – Richard Barron Parker handed absent peacefully at property on August 13, 2021. Diagnosed with metastatic prostate most cancers in 2018, fantastic healthcare care enabled him to carry on normal lifetime right up until not long ago. A year back he and his household sought healthcare assistance as a result of Maine’s correct-to-die law, which enabled him peacefully to conclude his very own existence surrounded by family. Richard Barron Parker was born Oct. 13, 1940 in Houston and raised in Baldwin, N.Y. Normally recognized as “Dick” to spouse and children and pals, he graduated from Baldwin Superior School in 1958 and Haverford School in 1962. In June of that year, Dick married his higher faculty sweetheart, Valerie Mawdsley, who unfortunately died of cancer in the summer months of 1963. Dick concluded his master’s diploma at Brown College and entered the College of Chicago’s Ph.D. system in philosophy, finding out moral injustice. He graduated in 1968. In 1967 he married Patricia Lawson, a graduate university student in English at the College of Chicago. Their only youngster, Anne, was born in 1972. Dick entered Harvard Regulation School in drop, l968. Even though a student, he lectured in standard training and taught sections of Professor Charles Fried’s program on Law and Morality. His volunteer stint at Harvard Lawful Support taught him more useful elements of legislation and morality, as he defended poor women in Boston divorce courtroom. Soon after graduation in 1971, he became study assistant to Professor Paul Freund, where he acquired Prof. Freund’s famed messy desk practice as effectively as great regard for the supreme court and the area of constitutional regulation. In between 1971 and 1982, Dick taught at Rutgers Regulation School and practiced law in Boston. He then expended a calendar year consulting in a law agency in Seoul, Korea wherever Pat taught as Fulbright professor, and in 1983 he began his Fulbright teaching calendar year in Sendai, Japan at Tohoku University. There, Dick grew to become fascinated with Japan and its tradition. All through his browsing professorship at Osaka University, 1985-87, he turned more completely immersed in the tradition, researching Japanese language and having just about every prospect to have interaction in Japanese life. He grew to become a lover of Japanese food items and consume, Japanese gardens and baths, and primarily Chiyonofuji, star sumo wrestler. The past 18 years of his experienced life were being invested teaching at Hiroshima Shudo College. He hardly ever skipped the cherry blossom festivities in April and the maple leaf colours of drop. His desire in Japanese arts grew to contain the ancient dance-drama sort, the Noh, and he usually brought international friends to Noh performances on Miyajima Island. One of Dick’s best pleasures in daily life was Dix Island in Penobscot Bay in which he and his brother David and their people shared a cabin. He liked the sea, the rocks, his 21-foot outboard, and fishing off the island pier. Dick retired from Japan in 2008 and joined Pat at their property on the Presumpscot River in Falmouth, in which they lived until eventually soon before he died. He is survived by his wife, Pat brother, David Parker and sister-in-law Annie Popkin his daughter, Anne Bergman, son-in-law, David, and grandchildren, Jacob and Elisheva. Quite a few cousins and nieces and nephews also mourn his passing. Dick’s site that contains some of his creating can be attained at In lieu of bouquets donations can be designed in Dick’s title to the Maine Coastal Heritage Have faith in.

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