It is with a mixture of sadness, appreciation, and admiration that RRF Foundation for Aging (RRF) shares news about the passing of Nathaniel McParland, M.D., RRF’s Chairman Emeritus and long-time Board member.
Dr. McParland was a force on RRF’s Board of Directors, consistently moving the Foundation forward in ways that ensured RRF’s grantmaking would make a difference in the world. Whether funding direct service, advocacy, or research projects, Dr. McParland wanted to know that RRF’s grants would allow older adults to live longer, in better health, and with the resources they needed to remain in their communities for as long as possible. His experiences as a doctor, a veteran of World War II, and a prisoner of war helped shape Dr. McParland and formed the basis for a life dedicated to helping others.
RRF’s current Chair, Ruth Ann Watkins, served on the Board with Dr. McParland for many years. In reflecting on his contributions Ms. Watkins commented that “Nat had a big heart and a stubborn streak . . . together these qualities made him an ardent champion for the RRF’s mission.” She went on to say “Nat loved discussions with differences of opinion, especially passionate ones. He was proud that, when the discussions were over, there were never feelings of ill will because everyone on the Board was working with a common goal of making RRF the best it could be.” Irene Frye, who served as RRF’s President during Dr. McParland’s tenure as Board Chair said, “Dr. McParland was a man of strong convictions driven by deep faith and ardent patriotism. During his nearly 30 years of service as a Trustee, Dr. McParland helped RRF become one of the most well-respected philanthropic organizations in the U.S.”
Additional details about Dr. McParland’s life and legacy can be found here. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.