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William W. Wilson

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William W. Wilson Obituary
William W. Wilson William W. Wilson, a distinguished neurologist and psychiatrist died at this home in Wynnewood, PA on April 27, 2014. Born in Philadelphia, PA, March 2, 1917, the son of George Wilson and Elsie Pardee Wilson, William Wilson received his preliminary education at William Penn Charter School, graduated from Princeton University in 1938 and the University of Pennsylvania of Medicine in 1942. He interned at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia General Hospital 1942-1943. In 1943-1947 he was a flight surgeon on active duty in the Navy deployed to the South Pacific. He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and several battle stars. In 1947-1949 Dr. Wilson did his residency in Internal Medicine at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1950. He taught Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania 1949-1958 and was the chief of Neurology at Philadelphia General Hospital from 1949 until it closed. Dr. Wilson was on the hospital staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Delaware County Hospital, Roxborough Memorial Hospital, New Jersey State Hospital, Trenton Hospital, Fairmount Farm, Eugenia Memorial Hospital and Northwest Institute of Psychiatry. Dr. Wilson was a member of the American Medical Association, the American Neurological Associate, the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Physicians. He was Medical Director and President of Fairmount Farm, Inc. 1949-1972 and a member of the Board of Directors 1949-1975. Dr. Wilson continued his practice in Wynnewood until 1995. During Dr. Wilson's career, he published numerous papers in the fields of neurology and psychiatry. Dr. Wilson's lifelong hobby of orchid growing led to the formation of Penn Valley Orchids, Inc. in 1940. He specialized in paphiopedilum orchids, making hundreds of his own crosses, typically giving them North American Indian names. He had over 30,000 orchids. He exhibited at the Philadelphia Flower Show for many years, and won many awards. A longtime orchid judge, he was a member of the American Orchid Society, the Greater Orchid Society, Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society, American Forestry Association Smithsonian Associates and the Royal Horticultural Society.In high school and college, Dr. Wilson was an exceptional athlete and excelled in every sport from football to golf. He ran track (as a sprinter) at William Penn Charter and Princeton University and won many races at the Penn Relays. He ran with Jessie Owens and Eulace Peacock and for many years would chat with Eulace Peacock at the Penn Relays. He finally gave up his box at the 50-yard line in the south stands in 1990. He was a member of the Merion Cricket Club from 1937 until his death. Dr. Wilson is survived by his son William W. Wilson, Jr., and his daughter Wendy E. Wilson.
Published in Main Line Media News on May 4, 2014
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