Summer 2013

Joan Hall Parker ’54, June 11, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass., at 80. She earned a master’s degree at Tufts and was a philanthropist for the arts, for gay and lesbian organizations, and for providing food for the acutely ill and their dependents and caregivers. She was coauthor with her late husband, Robert B. Parker ’54, of many scripts for television adaptations of his novels. The couple met as 3-year-olds and began dating their senior year at Colby. She is credited as her husband’s muse and as the model for the character Susan Silverman in his Spenser novels. She is survived by two sons.