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Biographical entry Wilson, George Stewart Murchison (1914 - 2011)

MB ChB Edin 1937; FRCS Edin 1940; FRCS 1950; LMCC 1951; FRCPC; FRCSC.

29 October 1914
30 May 2011
General surgeon and Urologist


George Wilson was a urologist and chief of staff at the Welland Hospital, Ontario, Canada. He was born in Edinburgh on 29 October 1914, the son of George Stewart Wilson, a civil servant, and Catherine Wilson née Campbell. He was educated at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh and then went on to study medicine at Edinburgh University. He qualified in 1937.

He was a resident surgical officer at Newcastle General Hospital and then, in April 1940, joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a major. He served in France, Nigeria and India.

Following his demobilisation in April 1946, he briefly returned to Newcastle General Hospital and was then a resident surgical officer at Crumpsall Hospital, Manchester.

In 1951 he emigrated to Canada. He began his career in Welland working as a general surgeon, but then specialised in urology. He became chief of staff of Welland Hospital. As medical chairman of the Welland Hospital building committee in the 1950s, he was instrumental in efforts to build the new hospital, which opened in 1960.

He was a member of the Buffalo Urological Society, where he regularly participated in lectures and rounds, and was a senior member of the Canadian Urological Association.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed golf, curling and sailing and working in the machine shop. He was president of the Welland Club, Welland Curling Club and Lookout Point Golf and Country Club.

In 1944 he married Eleanor Hewitt. They had two sons, Ronald and Iain, and a daughter, Elspeth.

George Stewart Murchison Wilson died on 30 May 2011. He was 96.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [Can Urol Assoc J Aug 2011; 5(4):292 - accessed 16 February 2017].

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