In December of 2015, The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions lost a beloved friend, educator, and advisor in the passing of Dr. Richard Parr. His sudden departure was a shock to all who knew him.
In an effort to continue his legacy, The Richard B. Parr Endowed Visiting Professorship/Guest Scholar Program in Clinical Exercise Physiology was created at CMU through The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions. This visiting professorship/guest scholar program will allow students and faculty exposure to the most advanced professionals in the field who will contribute to the efforts and passion in teaching and learning as Dr. Richard Parr had.
Please join us in honoring his career and life by donating to the program. The education and support that it will bring to future students will shine brightly through the vision of Dr. Richard Parr.
About Dr. Parr
Dr. Parr came to CMU in 1967 and provided 43 years of academic teaching excellence in the School of Health Sciences within the College of Health Professions. His legacy with CMU includes being a founding co-director for the CMU adult fitness program, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and active leader in ACSM state, regional, and national levels.
During his time at CMU, he also developed the Health Fitness major and held the respected titles of:
- Founding co-director of the CMU Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
- Clinical director of internships at CMU
- Founding director of the CMU Community Weight Loss Program
- President of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports
- Advisory board member for The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions
Without a doubt, Dr. Parr influenced many lives. He played many roles in our community and his absence has been readily felt even by those who did not know him. With the help of this program, he will not be forgotten, and his progress at CMU can move forward.