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In Memoriam: Dr. John T. Wilson, Former Department Chair

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John T. Wilson, Jr., former chair of the department

John T. Wilson, Jr. chaired the Department of Environmental Health, as it was called then, from 1974 to 1980.


Courtesy of Dr. Artee Young Wilson.

John T. Wilson, Jr., professor emeritus, passed away on March 5, 2016. He was 91. Wilson chaired the Department of Environmental Health, as it was called then, from 1974 to 1980. He retired from the department in 1991.

Wilson received his MD degree from Columbia University in 1950. Following a residency in Internal Medicine, he went on to obtain a Doctor of Science degree from University of Cincinnati.

Before being recruited as professor and chair of the department, he worked in industry for Lockheed Corporation, in public health for the Santa Clara County Health Department, and in academic positions at University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, and at his alma mater, Howard University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree.

In our department, he directed the Occupational Medicine Residency program and the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS), funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safey and Health. Wilson oversaw the original grant proposal for NWCOHS and was its first director.

Wilson's work and achievements have been featured in Time, Jet, and Ebony magazines, in addition to numerous other publications. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Howard University for his accomplishments.

He advised and mentored many students in the department.

Wilson is survived by his wife, Dr. Artee Young Wilson, his children, and grandchildren.

Information for this story comes from the Environmental Health News archives and  The Seattle Times.

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