February 26, 2013

Mrs. Herschel Parker


Bain News Service, publisher. Mrs. Herschel Parker. From the Bain Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Mr. Parker (Herschel Clifford Parker) was a Columbia physics professor and a founding member of the Explorers Club. In the spring of 1911 he married Evelyn Naegele. They honeymooned in Alaska.

Mrs. Herschel Parker last saw Professor Parker in 1919. In 1925 she petitioned a Brooklyn court to grant a divorce, citing abandonment and failure to support.

According to Mrs. Herschel Parker, the professor had said, “I am tired of looking after a wife and family. A man with my genius owes himself to mankind in general and cannot be tied down by family routine.”


  1. Sheila Ryan on February 26th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Seems to me the Professor may have made a mistake ditching Mrs. Parker.

  2. Michael Grant Smith on February 26th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I’m thinking Mrs. Parker diced Mr. Parker and fed him to those fine dogs.

  3. Sheila Ryan on February 26th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Mrs. Parker said, “I’m too sexy for my physics professor.”

  4. SC on February 27th, 2013 at 12:32 pm