MARY NEIGHBOUR PARENT
Parent received her BA degree in Art Education from Rutgers
University, Douglass College in 1941 and her MA in Far Eastern
Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles in
1954. Also, 1954 marked her first visit to Japan, staying with
friends in Kobe. She served at Loyola Marymount University from
1948 to 1976, becoming a full Professor in 1970 and acting as
Chairman of the Department of Art and Art History from 1954
to 1976. On sabbatical in 1962 she attended Sophia University
in Tokyo. In 1979 she received her doctorate in Japanese Architectural
History from the University of Tokyo, Japan. She held the distinction
of being the first foreign woman to be awarded a PhD at this
University. Her dissertation, The Roof in Japanese Buddhist
Architecture was published by Kajima/Weatherhill in 1983. Since
1982 she has been compiling an illustrated Japanese-English
Dictionary of Japanese Art Historical and Architectural Terminology.
Funding provided by Japan Foundation 1982 and Niwano Peace Foundation
in 1993. From 1995 until the present, Kajima Art Foundation,
the Kajima Foundation for the Promotion of Technical and Scientific
Studies and the Atsumi Family, et al., have provided continuous
funding. Dr. Parent made Tokyo her home for more than 27 years.
She married in 1947 had three children and later divorced. In
1991 she married long-time friend George Mochizuki. After falling
ill she moved to Oregon to be near her daughter and subsequently
went to live at the Marion Estates in Sublimity, Oregon in 2002.
She died from breathing complications on January 1st, 2003.
She is survived by her three children, five grandchildren and
one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband