In October, members of the George Hoyt Whipple Society presented the Parkes family with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean’s Medal for their decades of philanthropy and volunteer leadership at URMC. The family’s contributions have enabled the Medical Center to significantly advance the field of asthma care and research.

The Whipple Society is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of medical education, a cause to which Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, the first dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, devoted his life and intellect to. For 48 years, alumni and friends have supported the School through their leadership giving and membership in the Whipple Society.The Parkes family’s generosity also extends to cancer and neuroscience programs at URMC. The common driver for all of their philanthropy is the desire to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.

The Parkes family’s longstanding partnership with URMC has been essential to the success of clinical, research, and education programs designed to improve asthma care. The family has been tireless in their efforts to advocate for patients and families with asthma and their commitment serves as an inspiration to others who are eager to make a difference in the Rochester community.

Pictured left to right: Linda and Joe Clement, Tom and Brenda Parkes, Walter and Barbara Parkes, John and Susan Parkes-McNally, and Mark Taubman, M.D.