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Loyola University Chicago celebrates the life of Robert (“Bob”) L. Parkinson, Jr, BBA ’73, MBA ’75, chairman of the Board of Trustees and former Dean of Quinlan School of Business. Bob passed away peacefully following a brief illness in December 2019.

Bob was our #1 Rambler fan, absolutely dedicated to advancing Loyola’s mission. He embodied the Jesuit value of being a person for others. Bob’s boundless love for Loyola and his impact on our entire community is immeasurable. Together with his wife, Betty (BA ’75), who he met when they were students and resident advisors, the Parkinson’s commitment to Loyola has transformed nearly all areas of our University. Their philanthropy supports student scholarships, academic programs, athletics, and student services, reflecting Bob and Betty’s commitment to Jesuit, Catholic education and inspiring future generations of Loyola alumni to be leaders in service and give back to this community.

Because of their belief that access to quality health care is a right, and good health is the foundation for strong families, individuals, and communities, the Parkinson family made a significant gift to establish the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health last year. At that time, Bob said, “With this lead gift, Betty and I are confident that others will support this school which is so vital to improving health care locally and throughout the world.”

In the spirit of Bob's generosity and Loyola legacy, please consider a gift in his memory. Gifts will be designated at Betty and her family’s direction to best reflect Bob’s wishes.

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