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Hugh Hamilton Wilson

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Hugh Hamilton Wilson Obituary
August 24, 1943 - January 14, 2018 Hugh Hamilton Wilson Jr., age 74, of Charlottesville, VA., died at home January 14, 2018. He was born in Miami, August 24, 1943 to the late Hugh Hamilton Wilson and Frances Xavier Nugent Wilson. He attended Coral Gables Senior High School and is a member of the Ching Tang fraternity. He graduated from the University of Florida ('65) with a degree in Journalism and was a member of the Blue Key Society. In 1982, Hugh received the school's Distinguished Alumnus award. He is a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and the St. Cecilia Society of Charleston, S.C. Before getting his start in television and motion pictures, Hugh wrote copy for Burton-Campbell Advertising in Atlanta. He went on to become the president of the company in 1973. In Los Angeles, Hugh wrote for the "Bob Newhart Show," created the CBS hit "WKRP in Cincinnati," and directed movies, notably the first "Police Academy," "Guarding Tess" and "First Wives Club." He won his Best Comedy Writing Emmy in 1988 for "Frank's Place," which he considered his best work. But with the twin curse of glowing critical reviews and lousy ratings, it was cancelled after its first season. He is a rare two-time winner of Best Comedy Writing for the Humanitas Prize, which is given for promoting human dignity and meaning within popular entertainment. Hugh and his family moved from Los Angeles to a farm in Virginia in 1992. He taught TV and screen writing at the University of Virginia. Hugh is survived by his wife of 40 years, Charters Smith Wilson; children, Cannon Wilson Sayers (Gary) of Atlanta, Price Wilson White (Kip) of Charlottesville, Va., Margaret Wilson Thomas (Joe) of San Francisco, Hugh Patrick Wilson of Richmond, Va., Caroline Charters Wilson of Los Angeles; and four splendid grandchildren. He also leaves behind his dear friend, Sandra Williams Player of Atlanta. Hugh was raised Roman Catholic and attended the Episcopal Church with his wife and children. He brought his impeccable sense of humor to his scholarly endeavors, which included the history of the Catholic Church and the Italian Renaissance. He was an avid reader and writer, history buff, enthusiastic spectator and sportsman, and lover of life. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 West High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 17, 2018
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