Dr. John Joseph Alpar, 95, of Amarillo, TX died on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
Rosary will be said on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 6:30 P.M., at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home located at 2800 Paramount Boulevard. Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 11:00 A.M., at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Father Anthony C. Neusch officiating. Burial will take place at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.
Dr. Alpar was born on December 28, 1925, in Budapest, Hungary, to Geza and Margit Alpar. He married Elizabeth Klara Tamasy on August 6, 1952, in Sopron, Hungary. He, his wife and two oldest children, emigrated to the United States in November 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution.
He had been a member of the American Ophthalmological Society since 1964. He is a life member of the Mexican, Peruvian, French, German and Indian Ophthalmological Societies. He was the president of the Irish Ophthalmological Society. He worked in Tanzania, and in Peru while also having a large practice in Amarillo, Texas.
Dr. Alpar did clinical research, helped develop intraocular lens surgical technology, lectured around the world (more than 500 lectures delivered in almost 100 countries), published 130 articles, wrote a textbook that was translated into several languages, wrote several chapters in different textbooks, participated in drug studies, and helped write national and international standards for ophthalmic devices,
Dr. Alpar also received two Master’s degrees at West Texas A&M University: one in English Literature in 1969, and the other in History in 2012. At 86-years-old he was the oldest graduate of West Texas A&M when he received his second Master’s degree. As his master’s advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Clark, said about his thesis in 2012, “It is a saga. But he is so incredibly well-read. To say he has a sharp mind doesn’t even approach it, and you can’t say that for an 86-year-old, let alone for a human being.”
Dr. Alpar had a great appreciation for art, music, culture, and religion, contributing generously and opening his home to several guests from around the world.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Klara Tamasy Alpar, in 2013, and his daughter, Elizabeth Constance Alpar, in 1995.
Survivors include his three sons, Andrew Alpar and wife Candace of Amarillo, Alan Alpar and wife Lynne of Fort Worth, and David Alpar and wife Melissa of Colorado Springs; and his two daughters, Andrea and husband Alan Erwin, of Amarillo and Anita Bray of Austin. He is also survived by his seventeen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, all of whom he cherished.
The family suggests memorials be to Catholic Charities of Amarillo, P.O. Box 15127, Amarillo, TX 79105; a favorite charity or any cultural non-profit organization.