Dr. Hans Richard Wilhelmsen
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On October 9, 2020, Dr. Hans Richard Wilhelmsen, beloved husband of 22 years to Leah Faust Wilhelmsen (nee Gealy); devoted father of Kirsten W. Greenwell and her husband Dr. Robert C. Greenwell, Jr. and Hans R. Wilhelmsen, Jr. and his wife Kristin Wilhelmsen of Phoenix, MD; devoted step father of Ray C. Faust III and his wife Alexandra Faust, of Princeton, NJ and Paul C. Faust of LaFayette, CA; loving grandfather of Dr. Patrick Greenwell and his wife Dr. Ariana Greenwell, Colin Greenwell and his wife Jessie Greenwell, Slater Greenwell, Trey and Cole Wilhelmsen, Ford, Christian, Connor, and Riley Faust.

Dr. Wilhelmsen was born in Tonsberg, Norway and immigrated to the United States after World War II. He arrived in Baltimore with $2.00 in his pocket and worked many different jobs before he was taken under the wing of Mr. Ernest Whitty. He introduced him to the President of Loyola College and was admitted there for study. After finishing Loyola, he entered the Dental School at the University of Maryland. While attending class, he heard a lecture from a prominent plastic surgeon and thought his dental degree would enhance a degree in plastic surgery. He went from the Dental School at Maryland to the Medical School. After receiving his surgical degree, he entered a fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He drilled, filled, and billed as well as working at the shipyard and driving a yellow cab to pay for his schooling. He returned to Baltimore and joined the practice of Dr. Scarborough. He was in private practice in Towson for 40 years and served as Chief of Surgery at St. Joseph, Maryland General, Kernan, and Mercy Hospitals.

Friends may call at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 York Rd. (beltway exit 26), on Thursday, October 15th and Friday, October 16th, from 4 to 7 PM. Due to gathering size limits, there may be a wait to enter the building. Face masks are required. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to University of Maryland, St. Joseph Hospital or to the Boumi Temple for the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children 5050 King Ave. Rosedale, MD. 21237.

He was loved by his patients and always said it wasn't work but a privilege to help so many.

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Published in Baltimore Sun from Oct. 11 to Oct. 14, 2020.
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October 18, 2020
DR Hans WILHELMSEN was truly a fine personas well as a superb physician. He was respected by many people ,andIi surely admired him greatly! He really was dedicated to helping many .AS as a graduate nurse ,I had the joy of working with him ! Not only was he a special doctor ,but a great teacher as well! I will miss him having been associated with him in some organizations with my husband who admired him too.
Betty DeCOLIGNY
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October 18, 2020
DR HANS WILHELMSEN was truly a fine person as well as a superb physician. He was well respected by many persons and I surely admired him greatly ! As a nurse I had the joy of working with him. Not only was he a special doctor but a great teacher as well!
Betty DeColigny
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October 15, 2020
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October 14, 2020
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October 14, 2020
Greentree Landscaping, Inc. expresses our deepest condolences to Mrs. Leah Wilhelmsen and the family of Dr. Hans Wilhelmsen. In mindfulness of our common love of the natural world, I am pleased to honor his memory with the planting of 50 Memorial Trees in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.
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October 14, 2020
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October 13, 2020
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October 12, 2020
I am a surgeon today because of Hans Wilhelmsen. We first met in late '69 when I was a junior medical student at the University of Maryland. He was a young very active plastic surgeon and literally took me under his wing.
For the duration of my medical school years, I was privileged to work with him on weekends and holidays. He taught me the art of surgery, gentle tissue technique, attention to detail, but most of all, the art of being a physician and surgeon...and how to communicate with patients.
When he built his office on campus at St. Jos, he showed me the office he planned for me, once I returned from training.
Sadly, that was not to be as during my general surgical training, I developed the passion for taking care of critically ill and cancer patients, and declined the plastic surgical program he had arranged for me in Pittsburgh.
My PA reminded me today that I still speak of his teaching and precepts when we are in the OR doing a case together.
Hans Wilhelmsen is alive and well not only in me but the countless numbers of surgeons I have played a part in training over the last 40-plus years!
Michael J. Schultz
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October 12, 2020
Dr. Wilhelmsen treated me for several facial scars left from aggressive cystic acne when I was in my early 20s. I'll always be grateful for his care and optimism. At the time I was an aspiring physician. I was in awe of him. During one of my surgeries he told me that medical school was easy for him! It was not so for me, but I did manage to become a physician a few years later. He was a great surgeon and a wonderful role model for me. My sincere condolences to his family.
James P. Richardson, MD
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October 12, 2020
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October 12, 2020
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George Montgomery
October 11, 2020
As a teenager in the '60's, I was a patient of Dr. Wilhelmsen. I've never forgotten his kindness.
Marianne Alpigini
October 11, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Hans was a remarkable man. So kind and generous. Sending our condolences to the Wilhelmsen family. Love to Leah.
Cindi and Lee Schuman
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October 11, 2020
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October 10, 2020
One of the finest individuals we have ever had the opportunity of knowing and caring about! We wit miss him dearly.
LARRY HAMMERMAN
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October 10, 2020
My sympathy to Dr Wilhelmsen's family. I graduated from MD. Gen. Hosp. School of Nursing & worked there another 38 years so I knew Dr. WILHELMSEN a long time and witnessed his amazing work and great compassion for his patients. He was kind & gentle & perfect in his patient's outcomes. Rest in peace friend, coworker, physician.
Deena Schrauder
October 10, 2020
Condolences to the family of Dr. Hans Wilhemsen. A great physician, teacher, and co-worker to many of the nursing students and graduates of the Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing. We are are forever grateful for our experiences with him. Sad to loose this wonderful man, physician, & friend.
Deena Schrauder, BOD Alumnae Association MGH Schooll of Nursing
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