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Dr. William P. Edmondson Jr.

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Dr.  William P. Edmondson Jr. Obituary
Dr. William P. Edmondson, Jr.

Norfolk - William Pagon Edmondson Jr, MD, FACP passed away on July 12, 2014. Dr. Edmondson, or as most people knew him "Buck," was born in Portsmouth, Virginia at Parrish Memorial Hospital on October 10, 1934.

He graduated from Granby High School and Hampden-Sydney College with a B.S. Cum Laude. In 1960, he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. He completed an internship at Grace-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut followed by a residency at Yale University.

Thereafter, he joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service, United States Public Health Service, CDC, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a Lieutenant Commander during 1963-65 and participated on the Vaccine Development Board NAIAD. During 1965-66, he engaged in a Medicine & Cardiology fellowship at the University of Virginia and was Chief Resident in Medicine at the University of Virginia during 1966-67. He was certified as a specialist by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1967. In 1972, he was certified with an Infectious Disease subspecialty by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He had hospital staff privileges at CHKD, DePaul Hospital, Norfolk Community Hospital, and Sentara Hospitals.

Dr. Edmondson held academic appointments as instructor and assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine & Internal Medicine at UVa and Clinical Associate Professor at EVMS.

After completion of his military service and post-doctorate training he and his family settled in Norfolk. Along with Drs. Chapman, Elder, Franklin, and Henry, Dr. Edmondson was an original founder of the Norfolk Diagnostic Clinic in 1970, adjacent to Leigh Memorial Hospital. Dr. Edmondson practiced Internal Medicine in the Tidewater area for forty years. He served on the Sentara Health System Board of Directors for a number of years beginning in 1987. He also was a long standing member and past president of the Rotary Club of Norfolk.

Besides his devotion to his patients, he enjoyed entertaining, fishing, crabbing, golfing, traveling, and University of Virginia football.

Dr. Edmondson was predeceased by his parents William Pagon Edmondson Sr and Frances Tabb Edmondson. Dr. Edmondson was also predeceased by his sister Mary Ann Edmondson Grinnan, his first wife, Margaret Wilkinson Edmondson, and his second wife, Betty Rae Thomas Edmondson. He is survived by his son William Pagon Edmondson, III, (Joanne), daughter Susan Edmondson Phillips (Jerry), daughter Melissa Edmondson Hays, granddaughters Holland Tabb Phillips and Mia Winfield Hays, nephew George Grinnan, niece Katherine Grinnan Batzel, and many devoted friends and colleagues.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday July 17, 2014 at The Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd, 7400 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23505. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Norfolk Chapel is assisting the family. Interment will occur at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to UVa Medical School Foundation for the Edmondson Endowed Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 800776, Charlottesville, VA 22908 or to the Rotary Club Charities of Norfolk, Va. Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com.

Dr. Edmondson, "Buck," will be remembered as a compassionate physician who always treated his patients with impartiality and love.

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 15, 2014
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