Rod Parry, MD has dedicated his life to improving health and medical education in South Dakota and beyond. For 36 years, culminating in his role as that University of South Dakota (USD) Medical School Dean, he taught and influenced generations of physicians and medical professionals. As one of the first pulmonologists in the state, Dr. Parry’s insistence on innovation, along with his legendary bedside manner, helped to bring new treatment options to South Dakota, and improve the quality of healthcare throughout the region. A modest man, he would not be the one to mention his significant research work in respiratory disease and the genetics of asthma, although he co-authored articles in highly distinguished journals. During his career, Dr. Parry remained active in a variety of professional organizations and served as president of the South Dakota State Medical Association and rose to become a Master of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Parry also served as the director of the South Dakota Cystic Fibrosis Center. His many national roles, including as chair of the USD Medical School Section for the AMA, allowed South Dakota to have a significant influence upon the standards of medical education for the physicians of America.