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Fred E. Parker

Frederick Earl Parker was born April 2, 1914, the son of Lena and Henry Parker, a farmer. He grew up in northern New Jersey, and married Elsie Gregowitz in 1938. Fred worked as a foreman for New Jersey Transit until retiring in 1976. He first developed an interest in minerals in the mid-1960's, along with his son Fred J. Parker.

Fred E. Parker founded Parker Minerals in 1968 as a part-time business to sell extra minerals which he and his son Fred had gathered in their collecting travels throughout the northeastern United States. Living in close proximity to Franklin and Paterson, New Jersey, their emphasis was naturally on the minerals of those classic locations. In 1969, they purchased their first collection of Franklin minerals, which they sold off, while retaining the best pieces for their private collection. Thus began a long run of buying local collections and miners' stashes, from 1969 until about 1982, during which time over 30 collections were purchased. Fred E. Parker died on March 30,2002.

Son Fred John Parker was born in Orange, New Jersey on June 17, 1952. He grew up in Livingston, New Jersey and attended Rutgers University, where he earned a BS Degree in Geology and an MS Degree in Materials/Ceramic Science with a minor in Geology. He developed expertise in X-ray diffraction, Infra-red Spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, and materials synthesis. Following graduation he worked for Exxon Research and Engineering and for the W.R. Grace Company; today he works as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, until his retirement in 2015.

Fred J. Parker started out collecting fossils in the mid-1960's, but his father got him hooked on minerals. He took over the family mineral business in 1978, broadening it to a world-wide focus inspired by his annual buying trips to the Tucson Show and other major shows. He has written articles for the Mineralogical Record on tilasite from Sterling Hill (1978), arsenate minerals in general from Sterling Hill (1982), and on the Hunting Hill quarry in Maryland (2005). He was active in the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society, the Morris Museum Mineralogical Society, the Fluorescent Mineral Society, the Baltimore Mineral Society, the Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the Northern Virginia Mineral Club. He has lectured to various clubs and organizations on the minerals of Franklin, New Jersey and Maryland. Fred J. Parker is currently active in the Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Society.

Parker Minerals was a retail dealership at six to eight shows a year in the New England-to-Virginia area, until the business was discontinued in 2013. Fred J. Parker no longer sells minerals as a retail show dealer. The parker collection in 2015 contains approximately 600 specimens, including old "historical" specimens and specimens of scientific interest, with extensive suites from New Jersey, Butte, the Yukon, Eastern US classics, and Maryland. Two mineral species new to science have been described from the collection: sterlinghillite and parabrandite. The collection still contains many of the best pieces acquired in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Parker Minerals labels will have one of four possible addresses. The earliest is 11 Evergreen Avenue, Livingston, NJ (1968-1983). First the labels were simply cut cardstock ink-stamped with the address on one side; shortly thereafter the labels were printed with the address below a space for the mineral data. When Fred J. Parker moved to Maryland in 1983, several versions of cards were used as labels: those bearing Bushranger Court, Colombia, MD date to 1983-1994; whereas the 2409 Graystone Lane, Frederick, MD has been used from 1994 to 2006. A version citing "Catonsville, Maryland" was utilized from 2007 to 2013. One version is for specimens that were formerly in the personal Maryland collection of Fred J. Parker.

Addresses Summary:
Livingston, NJ (1968-1983) Colombia, MD (1983-1994) Frederick, MD (1994-2006) Catonsville, MD (2007-2013) Albuquerque, NM (2014-present)
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The Mineralogical Record - Fred E. Parker 46 x 64 mm,
Livingston, NJ address (1968-1983)
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Columbia address
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Label for a specimen from Fred J. Parker's personal collection.
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Parker Minerals business card, Frederick address (1994-2006); the back side was often used for label information
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