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Barry Wilson (1932 - 2013)

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Barry P. Wilson

Fruitland—Barry P. Wilson

Barry P. Wilson, 80, former corporate public affairs executive and faculty member at Salisbury State University, died Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center following a stroke.

Born in Batavia, NY, Mr. Wilson was the son of the late Wilbur Charles and Gwendolyn Frey Wilson.

Mr. Wilson began teaching in the Department of Communication Arts at Salisbury State University in 1989, following his retirement from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the National Capital Area (BCBSNCA), Washington, D.C. where he served as vice president of public affairs for 18 years.

As an adjunct professor of communication at Salisbury University from 1989 till 1999, he taught courses in public relations, organizational communication, and mass media topics and edited publications for the University's Fulton School of Liberal Arts.

At BCBSNCA in Washington, Mr. Wilson was spokesman for the organization and headed all internal and external corporate communication programs, and spoke and wrote widely on a broad range of health topics. He also directed the organization's health care planning, health data systems, health care research and policy development functions, and pioneered in the 1970's establishment of Blue Cross Blue Shield benefits for such health services as home care, hospice care, and ambulatory surgery.

Mr. Wilson's professional assignments prior to joining Blue Cross Blue Shield included service as an editor and reporter at The Virginia Gazette in Williamsburg, VA and at The Daily Press in Newport News, VA. He also was public information officer for the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, and served in the U. S. Army with duties in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Washington, D. C.

Mr. Wilson earned an A. B. degree at the College of William and Mary and an M. A. from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. His professional memberships included the Public Relations Society of America and the American Public Health Association. He was a past member and president of the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association, and a past member of the American Health Planning Association, the American society of Hospital Public Relations Directors and the American Association of University Professors. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity and Theta Alpha Phi honorary drama fraternity.

A lifelong Episcopalian, he was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Salisbury where he served as vestryman and lay reader, having served in the same capacities in two previous parishes in Northern Virginia.

His many interests included writing and theatre, and he was an active member of the Community Players of Salisbury, appearing in several productions of the group.

Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his wife, the late Mary Louise Hazelgrove Wilson, and a sister, Mrs. Joanne Wilson Ball. Survivors include three daughters, Nancy W. Morris of Farmville, VA, Anne W. McEwan of Sturbridge, MA, and Terry Jane W. Gottleib of Sandy Hook, CT; two sons, Timothy B. Wilson of Oakton, VA and Shannon H. Wilson of Tarboro, NC; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 2PM at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Salisbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Barry to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 St. Peter's Street, Salisbury, MD 21801; College of William and Mary, Office of Gift Services, P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1693; International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, IAHPC, 5535 Memorial Drive, Suite F - PMB509, Houston, TX 77007. Visit www.boundsfuneralhome.com for letters of condolence.

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Published in The Daily Times on Mar. 8, 2013
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