14 September 2021
Prof. S. Thomas Parker, a giant in the field of classical archaeology and the archaeology of Jordan, passed away 12 September 2021. An ACOR trustee since 1987 and officer (second vice president) for twenty years (2001–2021), he had a deep commitment to our community that will be sorely missed. Prof. Parker received his PhD in history in 1979 and the next year joined the faculty of North Carolina State University, where he went on to instruct thousands of students over an incredible 41-year teaching career. As a specialist in the Roman Levant, he directed several major archaeological field projects in Jordan, including excavations at Petra, Aqaba, and the Roman legionary fortress at el-Lejjun, east of the Dead Sea. He brought hundreds of students to Jordan—many for their very first time—for fieldwork experience; since then, many have continued to be involved in heritage work. The author of numerous high-impact and well-cited works, Prof. Parker undertook research that made, and continues to shape, the fields in which he worked. His professional legacy will live on in his works, his students, and the memories of those who remember him so fondly.
We have collected and share here resources about Prof. Thomas Parker that we hope you will share widely as our community lifts up his life, legacy, and memory.