Professor Emer i tus Bob Parker, who was a longtime member of the University of Manitoba’s department of animal science until his retirement in 1997, passed away Oct. 30 in Winnipeg.
Parker, who emigrated from Scotland, first joined the U of M as a research officer in 1959. He went on to get a masters degree and a PhD and was appointed an assistant professor in the department of animal science in 1966, moving quickly to become a full professor.
“As an academic Dr. Parker always maintained that the primary function at the university is teaching and that the focus should be on student education, facilitating their learning and developing their problem-solving skills,” the University of Manitoba said in a statement last week.
Parker played a major role in revamping the faculty of agriculture and food science’s curriculum, which was approved in 1994.
Parker maintained a strong research program, graduating 10 masters and seven PhD students.
Parker served on many committees at the U of M and beyond. He was also an active administrator serving as associate head of animal science, acting head and head of animal science, associate dean of research and director of the Glenlea Research Station.