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Frank Elmore Wilson
Brigadier General, United States Army
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From a contemporary press report:

On Friday, November 27, 1998, FRANK ELMORE WILSON, Brigadier General, USA (Ret.), age 89, of Lenoir City, Tennessee, formerly of Chevy Chase, Washington, DC, passed away.

General Wilson was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 29, 1909, to Audley Rhea Wilson and Edna Lewis Moore Wilson. Married to Esther-Coleman Hambley Wilson on November 28, 1937. A graduate of the University of Tennessee Class of 1933. He served in private practice in Mooresville North Carolina, 1935-1938. Public Health Officer for several eastern North Carolina counties 1939-1941. Deputy National Medical Director National Headquarters of American Red Cross 1946, and National Medical Director 1947-1949. Assisted in initial development of National Blood Program 1946-1947. Deputy Director Washington Office American Medical Association 1949-1952 and was Director 1952-1955. Executive Vice President Association of Miliary Surgeons, Washington 1963-1970. Association member VA Board of Veterans Appeals, Washington 1970-1975. President Army Surgeon General's Advisory Council on Reserve Affairs 1954. Consultant on Medical Administration Peruvian Government, Lima 1959.

Contributed articles to medical journals on federal medical legislation. Director of Edgecomb County, North Carolina TB Hospital 1940. Former Chairman Public Health Advisory Council, Washington D.C. 1950.

He was a participant in atomic bomb testing site 1957. Colonel, U.S. Army 1941-1946, Brigadier General, U.S. Army 1954. Decorated with Bronze Star. Member of the American Public Health Association, American College Preventive Medicine, N.C. Medical Society, Southern Medical Association, American Medical Association, Medical Society in Washington D.C. and former Chairman of Commission on Public Health, American Medical Writers Association, Society of Medical Consultant in Armed Forces, Association of Military Surgeons (V.P. editorial Board of Military Medicine 1950-1970), AAAS, Royal Society of Health, Army and Navy club, Lifetime member of Blinded Veterans Association, Pentagon Officers Athletic Club, Kiwanis, Rotary (former President in Mooresville, NC 1936), Alpha Omega Alpha.

Survived by wife, Esther Wilson of Lenoir City, TN; daughter and son-in-law, Juliette Wilson Smith and Richard of Washington, DC; and son and daughters-in-law, Lloyd Bonner Wilson and Marion of Bloomington, Indiana and Anne Suber Wilson of Maryville, TN; grandchildren, Nathan and Reed Smith, James Suber Wilson and Marianne Hambley Wilson; and sisters, Blanche Grooms, Knoxville, TN and Mary Clark, Maryville, TN. Graveside services and interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1924 Alcoa Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37920, or Tennessee Library for the Blind, 403 7th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37243.


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