Dr. Jean A. Picard, father of Ridgefielder Eric Picard, died Aug. 30 in North Smithfield, R.I. He was 87 and the husband of Louise (Beauchemin) Picard whom he married Aug. 30, 1952. He was born in Woonsocket, R.I., the son of the late Armand and Georginne (Valois) Picard.

Dr. Picard received his undergraduate degree from Assumption College where he captained the Greyhounds in both baseball and basketball in 1947 and 1948. He earned his doctorate at the University of Montreal Dental School and later played in the Montreal Basketball League and coached the University of Montreal team.

Dr. Picard was elected to the Assumption College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1968.

After serving two years in the Navy Dental Corp, he practiced dentistry at the family office in Woonsocket, for 41 years, retiring in 1996.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four children, Lise Laquerre and her husband Raymond of Homosassa Springs, Fla., Suzanne Mulroy and her husband John of Wakefield, R.I., Eric Picard and his wife Pamela of Ridgefield; Nicole Picard and her husband Patrick Murray of Santa Monica, Calif.; a sister, Constance Benoit of Wakefield, R.I., and eight grandchildren, Richard and Stephen Laquerre, Katherine and Michael Mulroy, Justin and Lucie Picard and Nicholas and Matthew Zarchen. He was the brother of the late Dr. George Picard, Henri Picard and Yolande St. Germaine.