James Andrew Wilkerson III, 77
Park City, Utah - Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina on 11-24-34, Jim lost his short battle with cancer on April 13, 2012. He was an anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathologist, who helped create new programs and taught for many years at UVA, UCLA, U of U, UNR, and UAB. He also worked many years in private practice – he counted the best of those years when he was able to work alongside his oldest son, also a pathologist, in Merced, CA.
He wrote many textbooks, but is well known for his layman's text "Medicine For Mountaineering". This book has been translated into several languages and is in its 6th edition, and has been credited with saving many lives. He was an avid mountaineer, and passed his love of the wilderness to his children and grandchildren. His family enjoyed backpacking, mountain climbing, river-running, skiing, cooking, and spending time together. He had a generous spirit and a wonderful sense of humor.
He is survived by Sam, his beloved wife of 54 years, his children Jim IV (Kim), Forrest (Ginger), Cassandra (David), Patrick (Anetta), nine grandchildren (Garrett, Cameron, Andrew (Jim V), Jake, Gabriella, Halley, Bryce, Oliver, and Oskar), and numerous mountaineering, paddling, skiing and drinking buddies.
A memorial fund has been set up at the Park City Library to purchase books on enjoying the wilderness and outdoors. Memorials can be sent to Friends of Park City Library, c/o Park City Library, P.O. Box 668 Park City, UT 84060. Jim Wilkerson Adventure Collection should be in the memo of the check.
Published in The Park Record on Jun. 9, 2012.