Here is another in our continuing series of things going on around Rochester:
Pittsford dentist Dr. Robert E. Parker fell on a ski slope at Bristol Mountain Ski Resort and went into cardiac arrest on March 1. He died later that evening at F. F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. Dr. Parker will be sorely missed, and family, friends, and community members will remember him for his kind nature and many charitable contributions to Rochester dentistry.
“Once a month, Dr. Robert E. Parker III would leave his home in Pittsford and drive to a clinic in northeast Rochester, where he would spend the morning providing free dental care to people with no other options,” The Democrat & Chronicle reports. “Dr. Parker did this for 24 years.”
In his three decades of dental practice, Dr. Parker “held positions of prominence in dental societies” and did a great deal to give back to the less fortunate, The Democrat & Chronicle continues. Ellen Lewis, the outreach center’s site manager, describes Dr. Parker’s contributions: “He brightened the lives of our patients, staff and volunteers with his smile and his friendliness. He was so dedicated to serving the uninsured patients who came to Outreach and had such a kind personality. He will be missed.”
Dr. Parker also worked as a partner at Westfall Dental, a general practice in Brighton, for many years. While there, Dr. Parker earned many professional honors and performed all kinds of dental care — from examinations and tooth whitening (the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S.) to dental surgery.
The exact circumstances of Parker’s death are unknown. A witness tells The Democrat & Chronicle that Dr. Parker seemed to lose control and fall as he skied downhill. Authorities do not know whether a pre-existing medical condition, the fall, or both resulted in Dr. Parker’s tragic death. An autopsy will likely determine the exact cause of death.
The local dentist also gave back in other ways. In addition to volunteering dental services to uninsured and less fortunate patients, Dr. Parker also volunteered for the Special Olympics and Boy Scout Troop 129 in Pittsford. St. Louis Church, located at 60 S. Main St. in Pittsford, NY, held funeral services on Saturday, March 3.