UNCG Campus Weekly

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In memoriam: Michael Dean Parker

Michael Dean Parker, MD, died on June 24.

He attended Duke Medical School and served on the faculty of the UNC School of Medicine and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After retiring from practicing radiology, he taught physiology and physics as an adjunct professor here at UNCG.

His research into antinuclear antibodies led to more accurate diagnoses of several autoimmune diseases, and his 1985 “Introduction to Radiology” textbook was used in medical schools throughout the country. He was a major in the US Air Force from 1972-1974, where he served as a teaching physician at Keesler Air Force Base and assisted in caring for U.S. prisoners returning from Vietnam. He taught himself to play guitar and played lead at many open Blues Jams sponsored by the Piedmont Blues Society.