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Dr. Charles J Parshall Jr.

January 10, 1938 ~ December 25, 2017 (age 79)

Dr. Charles J. Parshall Jr. DVM

Charles lost his battle with cancer surrounded by family early Christmas morning, 2017.  He was born January 10, 1938 in Berkeley California, the son of the late Charles and Doris Irvine Parshall. Charles obtained his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1962 from the University of California, Davis. It was there that he met and married the love of his life, Barbara. In 1962 Charles enlisted in the US Army. He served two years active duty at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.  He spent the next five years of military service at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore where he was an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Laboratory Animal Medicine and organized the Wilmer Veterinary Ophthalmology Clinic and Laboratory program. In 1969, he moved his family to Copley, Ohio and became one of the first in the nation to start a small and large animal practice of Veterinary Ophthalmology at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital. In 1976, he realized his dream of opening The Veterinary Specialty Clinic in Richfield, Ohio. He was a true pioneer in his field. He never ceased to promote Veterinary Ophthalmology and provided valuable mentorship to future Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He is the author of many research publications investigating causes and remedies for diseases of the eye. His love and compassion for all animals, along with his unprecedented knowledge in his field, had clients and veterinarians from all over the country seeking his expertise.  Charles and Barbara enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends and their beloved Yosemite National Park. Charles loved to share his passion for art, woodworking and music. He often handmade musical instruments, clocks, furniture and other unique creations for home, family and friends.  Charles will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Barbara Roth Parshall; Son, Charles Frederick (Jolyn) Parshall; Daughter, Margaret D. (Michael) Potter; Son, Richard J. (Jennifer) Parshall; Grandchildren, Allison and Christine Parshall, Jessica Potter, Anna and Alex Parshall; Nephew, Nathaniel (Margaret) Wachsman; In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Mary Ellen Hageman. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon January 13, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 West Market St. Akron, Ohio 44333. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make donations in his name to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Rd. Yorktown Heights, New York 10598, Condolences to the family may be made at


 Service Information

Memorial Service
January 13, 2018

12:00 PM
Faith Lutheran Church
2726 West Market St
Akron, OH 44333

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