Former chief of staff to be remembered Friday in memorial service at TMC

John WilsonFormer TMC Chief of Staff, founding radiologist of Radiology Ltd. and dedicated athlete John A. Wilson, M.D., died Feb. 2. He was 98. His memorial service is Friday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m., at the TMC Marshall Conference Center.

“When I read his obituary this morning, all I could see was John running through the halls of TMC to his car. He wasn’t in hurry, it was just that he was a great athlete,” said Palmer Evans, M.D., former TMC senior vice president and chief medical officer. “I can just see him running up to heaven.”

Roxanne Bacon, Radiology manager, remembers Dr. Wilson as “the kindest, most gentle man I ever knew.” She also recounted that Dr. Wilson practiced radiology before it went high-tech. In order to read X-rays, he always had a light on his head, and his ruler and magnifying glass nearby.

Dr. Wilson was also former president of the Pima County Medical Society. His greatest devotion was for family — his and others. “He was very involved with his family and knew all about yours,” Bacon said.

Dr. Wilson is survived by Helen, his beloved wife of 72 years, three children and many others. Click to read his full obituary at the Arizona Daily Star.

TMC docs among honorees at PCMS event

The Pima County Medical Society will recognize physicians from throughout our community, including two tied to TMC, at its Stars on the Avenue events this evening.

Among the honorees:

·         Dr. C. Peter Crowe Jr. will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his teaching and surgical career. Crowe was the first pediatric surgeon in Tucson when he arrived in 1964 and practiced until 2002. He refused to retire until his replacement was working because he didn’t want to leave Tucson with one less pediatric surgeon. Dr. Crowe was chief of staff at TMC in 1986-87.

·         Dr. Eve Shapiro, a prominent Tucson pediatrician, will receive the Rose Marie Malone Service Award for her commitment to change through her work within medical political organizations. She was the chair of the successful 2000 initiative effort to raise Arizona Medicaid eligibility to 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

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