Dr Reno Parker
1937 – 2021
Montana has lost a university professor who was an active participant and promoter of lifelong learning. We will miss him.
Dr. Reno Parker died on September 17 in Missoula from Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Pomeroy, Washington to Tom and Sydna (Anderson) Parker. His mother died when he was three years old. Reno’s paternal grandparents were the original residents of Maiden, Montana.
Reno loved school. He attended Pine Creek Elementary School in Bishop, California and Whittier Elementary School in Butte, Montana. He graduated from Butte High School with the class of 1955 and was chosen “Senior King” of his class.
Reno worked part time as a miner at the 3400 level at the Leonard Mine on Butte Hill.
He attended the University of Minnesota where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in history; Montana State University receiving a master’s degree in chemistry and Kent State University, Kent, Ohio for his doctorate in biological sciences. He was supported by a National Science Fellowship for his doctoral studies.
Reno was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Social Brotherhood.
Reno married Barbara (Barker) in 1960 in Great Falls. They had a son, Todd.
At the end of his doctorate. Reno received a teaching scholarship from KSU and taught science at KSU university centers for two years.
Reno actively served in the 36th Infantry Company of the United States Marine Corps.
Reno’s wish to return to Montana was made possible when he received a National Institutes of Health-US Public Health Service Postdoctoral Fellowship (1971-1974) at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana. Based on his doctoral thesis, Reno presented the purification processes by disk electrophoresis to his colleagues at RML.
From 1974 to 1984, Reno was a research scientist and co-owner of the Hamilton Biochemical Laboratory (precursor to Ribi-Immunochemical). Meanwhile, Reno was selected as a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Montana State University in Bozeman. He served from 1975 to 1992.
Reno’s love for classroom teaching prompted him to accept a teaching position at Huron College, Huron, South Dakota in 1984. He received an “Outstanding Teaching Award” in Huron.
In 1988, Reno was offered an associate professor position at MSU-Northern in Havre, Montana, where he taught anatomy and physiology to an average of 100 students per class for over 20 years. He has taught up to 10 distance learning sites from Browning to Bainville at the same time through the Hi-Line. He received the “A Friend of Nurses Award” from the Montana Association of Nurses in 2001.
Additionally, Reno taught paleontology classes during the summer and was a member of the University of Chicago team in 1988 that discovered a small dinosaur, Albertasaurus Rex, which was a possible new species in the area. Fresno reservoir north of Le Havre. Si was the only one found.
Reno was chair of the science / mathematics department for 12 years; was co-director of the Hi-Line regional science fair; advisor to the science / math student organization and advisor and supervisor of the “scone stand” at the Northern Montana Fair as a fundraiser.
Reno has published 20 papers and advised and chaired seven Masters students.
Reno retired in 2006 with the distinction of Emeritus Professor of Biology.
After moving to Butte, Reno continued his interest in education by taking MOLLI courses by going to the U of Montana in Missoula for 15 years. He was also secretary of the Butte Historical Society and did extensive research on WWI and the Cornish ethnic group in Butte.
Reno would tell you that he has had a wonderful life with lots of good friends, world travel, and the respect and admiration of his colleagues in the biological sciences and other areas of college education. Reno always said “I never met a student I didn’t like. No one has ever given a person a better reason to keep growing and learning and having hope than a class. full of good students. “
Reno was predeceased by his parents, brother, “Sport” St. Marie, Redding, Calif., And aunt Violet at the age of 104 in Roseburg, Oregon.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of 61 years of marriage, his son and daughter-in-law Todd and Jackie Muchmore and his grandson, Thomas. There are various in-laws, nephews, nieces and cousins.
The cremation took place and Reno requested that no service take place. His ashes will be placed in the family plot of Rainville Cemetery in Basin, Montana.
Posted by The Montana Standard on September 26, 2021.