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Dr. George Willeford, Jr.
George Willeford, Jr., M.D. a resident of Austin, Texas since 1969, died on Monday, August 22, 2011 at the age of 89. He was born in Dallas, Texas on October 23, 1921 to Joy and George Willeford. He graduated from Corpus Christi High School. He received a BS degree in Biology and Chemistry from Texas A & M University. He graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas with a degree in Medicine in 1946. After completing his internship in 1947 at The University of Wisconsin in Madison, Dr. Willeford's medical training was interrupted for three years when he served as a flight surgeon in the Fifth Air Force in the Far Eastern Theatre during World War II.
In 1948, while stationed in the Far East, he married Edith Ann Jennings. They returned to the United States where Dr. Willeford continued his post -graduate residency training in pediatrics and pathology. He was a Diplomat of The American Board of Pediatrics and The American Academy of Pediatrics. They moved to Harlingen, Texas in 1951, where Dr. Willeford practiced pediatrics for 18 years as a partner in The Childrens' Clinic. While living in Harlingen, Dr. Willeford was an active and prominent member of the community and was involved in many activities- he was esteemed in the medical community, active in politics, served on many boards of directors and was involved in St. Alban's Episcopal Church.
In 1969, Dr. Willeford changed his medical specialty from pediatrics to psychiatry when he received a Fellowship in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Upon completion of his Fellowship, he moved to Austin where, for 28 years, he practiced psychiatry with an emphasis on the care of children, adolescents and young adults. He was an active member of the medical staffs of St. David's and Shoal Creek Hospitals and was elected President of the Medical Staff of Shoal Creek Hospital. In 1979, Dr. Willeford was appointed by Governor William Clements to the Board of Directors of the Texas Youth Commission, rising to the office of Chairman of the Board. After serving on the Board until 1983, he was named Medical Director of the Texas Youth Commission, a position he would hold until 2003.
Dr. Willeford loved his profession and served it in many capacities during the 48 years he practiced medicine. He was a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch, was president of its Alumni Association and was honored by the school as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1982. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Travis County Medical Society, the American Psychiatric Association and the Texas Psychiatric Society. In addition to these affiliations, Dr. Willeford received presidential appointments to two committees-The National Advisory Committee for the Education of Disadvantaged Children and The Child Care Committee of the National Institutes of Health. He retired from the active practice of medicine in 1999.
Dr. Willeford had a love for politics and was a life-long Republican; he served the party in many capacities and was State Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 1970-71.
He was a devout Episcopalian and was a member of the Vestry and Senior Warden of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Harlingen, Texas and was a member of the Vestry of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin.
Dr. Willeford is survived by the love of his life, Ann, to whom he was married 64 years. He is also survived by their three children and their spouses: Dr. George and Pamela Willeford; Allison and Webster Golinkin; Joy and Lewis Lucke. He was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren: Emily Willeford and Nancy Kate Prescott and husband Mark; Joseph (Jeb) Golinkin and George Willeford (Will) Golinkin; Allison Mentesana and husband Ernie, Lindsay Schwartz and husband Justin, and Austin Lucke.
George Willeford was a man of great character and loyalty who had a zest for and love of life. He had a huge heart, uncommon wisdom and a marvelous sense of humor. And he loved his Texas Aggies! These qualities endeared him to many.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road, Austin, Texas 78703.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, P.O. Box 5176, Austin, Texas 78763, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, 1112 West 31st, Austin, 78705 or to the charity of your choice.
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Published in Valley Morning Star on Aug. 24, 2011
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