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James Woodfin Wilson M.D. Jr.

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James Woodfin Wilson, Jr.,


SHREVEPORT - A memorial service for Dr. James Woodfin Wilson, Jr. will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 31st at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Donald Webb and Rev. Ed Dilworth officiating. Following the service the family will receive friends at a reception.

Dr. Wilson was born in Haughton, Louisiana on October 28th, 1923 and died January 28th, 2014. He was the son of Woodfin and Kathleen Harp Wilson. Before entering Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, he attended public schools in Natchitoches and Marksville. Because of World War II, students were admitted to medical school after three years of pre-med. He graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans in 1948. He interned at the Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He then served as a Ship's Surgeon, initially with the United States Army, bringing refugees back from Europe and later with cruise lines. He also worked as a civilian physician with the Air Force. He served with the U.S. Army as a battalion surgeon with the 19th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War and received a battlefield promotion to Captain. Upon discharge from military service, Dr. Wilson took graduate training in Internal Medicine at Confederate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport and Essex Country Hospital in Verona, New Jersey. He started his Private Practice in 1956.

Dr. Wilson was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1957 and re-certified in 1964. He received the Advanced Achievement Certificate in Internal Medicine in 1985. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and was named a Laureate of the College in 2002. He was a retired fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, England. His interest in education continued throughout his medical career. In 1984 he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from LSUS, which he had not received earlier because of the war. In 1987 he and his wife, Anne, were both awarded Masters of Liberal Arts from LSUS. They were honored as Pilots of the Year by LSUS in 2008.

He was a member of the Shreveport Medical Society and served as its historian from 1989 until his death. Dr. Wilson was made an honorary member of the Medical Society in 2000 and received the Distinguished Physician Award in 2000. He was also active in the Louisiana State Medical Society and served as Vice President and councilor. He was president of the Louisiana Heart Association in 1971. He had a long time interest in history and was active in the North Louisiana Historical Association, where he served as president and also contributed articles for it's journal. He had a long association with the LSU Medical School in Shreveport where he served as Clinical Professor for many years. A Professorship in the Department of Medicine was named in his honor in 2005.

Dr. Wilson was a member of Noel Memorial Methodist Church for almost 40 years where he was a member of The Couples Sunday School Class. He had been an active member of many local social organizations including the Tarshar Society, the Demoiselle Club, the Shreveport Club, Southern Trace Country Club, the Shreveport Syndicate, and the Cotillion Club where he reigned as Rex LI in 2000. His major interests included life long learning, classical music and travel. He was an avid Francophile, taught himself to speak French fluently, and never missed an opportunity to visit France. He was a man of many accomplishments and was awarded the title of " The Renaissance Man" at LSUS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, James Tanner Wilson, one sister, Beverly Magnani, five brother-in-laws, Reverend B.J. Dier, Donald Dier, Jesse Dier, Reverend Peter Dier, and Jack Dier. Two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Devall and Frances Moore.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Dier Wilson, and children, James "Woody" Wilson, III, of Boston, MA; Dr. Paul Wilson and his wife Amy of Shreveport, LA; Roxanne Prentice and her husband, Bill, of Denver, CO; Barry Wilson of Natchez, MS; Mary Kathleen Shaw and her husband Dr. David Shaw of Mobile, AL and former daughter-in-law, Joey Finley Wilson of Natchez, MS. Grandchildren are Amanda, Stuart, and Olivia Wilson of Shreveport, Caroline LaVenue of San Francisco, CA; Allie and Peyton Wilson of Natchez, MS; and Isabel, Joshua, Logan, Lucas, and Levi Shaw of Mobile, AL. He is also survived by two brothers-in-law Winston Dier and his wife Cindy of Baton Rouge; Floyd Devall of Baton Rouge; sister-in-laws, Pat, Kim, Linda, and Annie Mae Dier and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Lucy Grove and James Goins for their caring love.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr David Buttross, Bill Huckaby, Pete Miller, Jim Elrod, Willis Meadows, Delton Harrison, Dr. Dudley Talbot, Ed Henderson, Jim Latham, Bill Murphy, Stuart Lunn, Dr. David Abdehou, Dr. Tripp Edwards, Dr. Vince Marsala, The Shreveport Medical Society Board of Directors, and the Kings of Holiday in Dixie Cotillion Club.

The family suggests that memorials for Dr. Wilson be made to the Scholarship Fund at LSUS (LSUS Foundation, One University Place, 71115), or to the .

Published in Shreveport Times from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31, 2014
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