Dr. Ralph Layton Parker
Updated 10:09 am, Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Dr. Ralph Layton Parker, 98, a former Fairfield resident, died March 16 in Boca Raton, Fla.
Born in New York City in 1912, he was the son of Andy and Esther Racher Parker, and a life-long resident of Bridgeport and Fairfield.
He graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in 1931, later attended the University of Michigan and completed his studies in 1941 at the University of Western Ontario Medical School in London, Ontario, Canada. He returned to the United States for medical training, with intervals at Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, Bellevue Hospital and the Skin and Cancer Center at New York University where he was an instructor in dermal pathology. In 1949, he was inducted into the Academy of Dermatology and opened his practice on Lafayette Street in Bridgeport. In 1951, he became chief of dermatology at what was then St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport. He had relinquished his physician's license only a few years ago at the age of 94.
His other interests included watercolor painting, carving birds, ducks and other shore birds for which he won prizes. He also became a golfer, and was one of the original 100 members of Birchwood Country Club in Westport.
Survivors include his children, Jane Resnick and husband Richard of Trumbull, Betsy Kutner and husband Mark of Fairfield, and Dean Parker and wife Cathie of Sterling, Va.; his grandchildren, Allison Resnick and her husband Todd Applegate of Madison; Jennifer Crisp and husband Mike of Fairfield and Andy Kutner and his wife Lori of Raleigh, N.C.; his great-grandchildren, Walker, Langley and Toliver Crisp, Bret and Graham Kutner, and Samuel and Sadie Applegate. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothe; they had met as teenagers and were married in 1939. He was also predeceased by four siblings, Robert Parker, Arnold Parker, Elsie Jacobs and Manning Parker.
Funeral services took place Sunday, March 20, at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Japanese earthquake relief through Save the Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880, or savethechildren.org, Ways to Give.