Dr. Clifford E. Wilson Jr. ’48

Dr. Clifford E. Wilson Jr. ’48 died April 24, 2012, in Groton, Conn., of cancer. He was born on December 18, 1923, in Norwich, Conn., and prepared for college at Norwich Free Academy. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1950. He completed his internship and residency at Waterbury (Conn.) Hospital then began his internal medicine and cardiology practice in Norwichtown, where he lived and worked for the next 40 years. He served as senior attending physician, chief of internal medicine and president of the medical staff at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich. He also served as vice speaker of the House of Delegates and councilor to the Connecticut Medical Society. He served as president and vice president for the New London Medical Association and served as secretary/treasurer on the board of trustees. He was chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut from 1969 to 1993 and served on the board of directors and a member of the pension fund. He also worked as a medical consultant for Blue Cross & Blue Shield in New Haven for five years, until he retired at the age of 80. He was a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians for more than 50 years and was a delegate to the New Jersey Medical Society. He served as medical examiner for New London County. He was past president and board member of the Rotary Club of Norwich and a delegate to the world convention in St. Louis of Rotary International. He was honored with the Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow award. He was past president of the Norwich Heart Association and the Board of the Connecticut Association, past president of the Norwich Cancer Society, and was on the board of trustees of the Connecticut Cancer Society. His other club memberships included: Westbrook Fish & Game Club, Groton Long Point Yacht Club, Ram Island Yacht Club, Off Soundings Yacht Club, Thames Club, and the Mystic Seaport. He was a member and deacon of the Park Congregational Church in Norwich for more than 50 years and a member of the Mystic Congregational Church. He loved sailing and won the Tartan Regatta at Plymouth, Mass., in his sloop Minstrel, which also won him many silver trophies in the yachting circuit. He made summer tours with his Grand Banks Trawler, Gemini, to the many islands off the New England coast. He is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Wilson Ablondi and Gwendolyn Wilson Gundlach; two sons, Clifford Edward Wilson III and Christopher Gilbert Wilson; six grandchildren; two sisters, Phyllis Coldwell and Camilla Dahl; two stepdaughters, Lynn O’Donnell and Jane Tyler; a stepson, Todd O’Donnell; eight step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and his companion, Elsie Johnson. He was predeceased by his first wife, Helen Gilbert Schink, to whom he was married for 24 years; his late wife of 28 years, Jean Warner Wilson; a brother, Robert; and a stepson, Fred O’Donnell.

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