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Parker E. Calkin

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Parker E. Calkin Obituary
Parker Emerson Calkin, 84, died on June 10, 2017 in Boulder, CO. Born in Syracuse, NY, he graduated from high school in Ridgewood, NJ in 1951. Parker went on to Tufts University, graduating with a B.A. in Geology in 1955. While an undergraduate in 1952, he worked in Greenland as a student assistant with the U.S. Weather Bureau. Parker was co-captain of the Tufts track team that won the Eastern Collegiate Track and Field Championship in 1955. Upon graduation, Parker served as a Reserve Officer with the US Navy in Alaska. In 1959 Parker received a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia. Later, as a student at The Ohio State University Parker began his several expeditions to Antarctica. He received his PhD in Geology in 1963. Among his many honors is the Calkin Glacier in Antarctica's Taylor Valley named for him. Parker taught at the State University College, Buffalo, NY from 1963-65. He moved across town to become a professor at the State University of NY at Buffalo from 1965-99. Over his long career, Parker received thirteen NSF research grants, and published over ninety articles--approximately 50% dealing with the Arctic or Antarctic, and 50% with New York State and Eastern Great Lakes. Parker and his wife, Harriet Simons, moved to Boulder in 1998. He became an Affiliate of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR.) Parker spent as much time as he could outdoors, running or hiking. He ran in every Bolder Boulder since 1999--usually coming out 2nd or 3rd in his age group. Parker volunteered as a Park Host for Boulder County Parks and Open Space, and delivered Meals on Wheels, served as President of his Homeowners Association, and chaired the Board of Spiritual Life at First Congregational Church. All who knew him remarked on his gentlemanly ways, his smile, and his willingness to help. Survivors in addition to his wife, Harriet, include his sister, Janice Calkin of Greeenwich, CT, and his children from his earlier marriage to Joan Calkin: Mark (Melissa), of Castle Pines, CO; and Lisa Calkin Clough of Buffalo. Five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St., Boulder, CO 80302. Condolences may be left at cristmortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the , 225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or the Geological Society of America, PO Box 9140, Boulder, CO 80301.
Published in The Daily Camera on June 21, 2017
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