Dr. Thomas William Parkin -- Rochester
ROCHESTER -- A memorial service for Dr. Thomas William Parkin will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 23 in Charter House Chapel, with the Rev. Mary Mason officiating.
Dr. Parkin, 84, of Rochester, a retired Mayo Clinic cardiologist, died Wednesday evening (Sept. 29, 2004) at Saint Marys Hospital.
Born April 16, 1920, in Big Springs, Neb., he graduated from high school in Oakland, Neb., in 1937 and from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln in 1941. In 1943, he married Madeleine Alexander. He graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in Evanston, Ill., in 1945, and received a Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 1948. Following residencies in internal medicine and cardiology at Mayo Clinic, he became a consultant in the Department of Cardiology on the staff of the clinic and associate professor of medicine on the faculty of the Mayo Medical School. He was a member of the American Heart Association, the American College of Chest Physicians and other societies of cardiology and internal medicine. His special interest was in the area of clinical electrocardiography. After 36 years of service on the clinic staff, he retired in November 1985.
He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. His interests included photography, travel, gardening and especially maintaining a tree farm near Preston.
Survivors include two daughters, Marti (Dave) Lewallen of Rochester and Mary (Dave) Rasmussen of Fargo, N.D.; a son, John of Portland, Ore.; six grandchildren; and a sister of Lincoln. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1994 and a brother.
Memorials may be sent to Charter House, in care of Dick Edwards.