County Antrim, Ireland 1
05 Feb 1970 1
Avon Township, Oakland, Michigan 1

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Full Name:
Robert Hugh Wilson 1
Also known as:
R.H. Wilson 1
Full Name:
Robert Wilson 2
County Antrim, Ireland 1
Male 1
18 Dec 1883 2
05 Feb 1970 1
Avon Township, Oakland, Michigan 1
Feb 1970 2
Burial Place: Stoney Creek Cemetery, Rochester Hills, Oakland, Michigan 1
Physical Description:
Eye Color: light blue 1
Hair Color: black 1
Place: Rochester, Oakland, Michigan 1
From: 1912 1
To: 1970 1
Last Residence: Columbus, MI 2
Veterinarian 1
Christian - Methodist 1
Employer: Parke-Davis & Co., Detroit, Wayne, Michigan 1
Position: Chief Veterinarian 1
Place: Parkedale Biological Farms, Rochester, Oakland, Michigan 1
Institution: Kansas State University 1
To: 1909 1
Social Security:
Card Issued: Michigan 2
Social Security Number: ***-**-7559 2

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Rochester Mourns Dr. R.H. Wilson

Rochester, MI

Rochester Clarion [Rochester, Oakland, Michigan], February 12, 1970, p.1.:

Dr. Robert H. Wilson, retired director of Parke-Davis Biological Farms in Rochester died at age 86, in Crittenton Hospital February 5 after a brief illness.  He had been a resident here for nearly 58 years and had contributed immeasurably to this community's organizations for civic, fraternal and professional advancements.

Dr. Wilson was a native of Ireland, being born in County Antrim there on December 18, 1883. He came to the United States and to Rochester in 1912, after earning his degree from Kansas State University in 1909.

Among organizations benefiting over the years from his participation as a member and leader, are the Rochester Masonic Lodge which granted him a life membership, Rochester Chapter 165 Order of Eastern Star of which he was a Past Patron, Royal Arch Masons of Rochester, of which he was a Past High Priest, the Rochester Elks Club, and local senior citizens organization.

He held life memberships in both the American Veterinary Medical Society and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Society and was a past president of the latter. At Parke-Davis where his career spanned 40 years, he remained a consultant until his death.

In local politics and government, Dr. Wilson's record reached back into the 1920s when he was an Oakland County Deputy Sheriff. He was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace for Avon Township in the 1930s and later served the school district as a Board member and president.  He was also a Rochester councilman from 1938 to 1948, and village president from 1946-48.

Dr. Wilson was a man of great personal popularity and was held in high esteem by friends and acquaintances. Rochester Mayor Roy Rewold recalled that Dr. Wilson was chosen to preside over an honorary City Council meeting at the opening of Heritage Week in the city's centennial celebration last September.

"He was a dedicated public servant and a public figure that the city and entire community will sadly miss," the mayor said. Rewold said that Dr. Wilson was influential in bringing the city manager type of government to this city.

Services for Dr. Wilson were held Monday this week in Pixley Memorial Chapel, Rochester, with interment in Stoney Creek Cemetery, Rev. A.P. Rickard of St. Paul's United Methodist Church officiated. There was a graveside Masonic service, and a Lodge of Sorrow Sunday evening at eight o'clock.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, three sons who are Dr. F. Hugh Wilson of Rochester, Robert of Rawlings, Maryland, Allen R. of Harper Woods, and one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Elinor) Hathaway of Dallas, Texas. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Jane Barnes of California. There were seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The family requested memorials in Dr. Wilson's name to the Clinton Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Last residence based on zip code according to Social Security Death Index was Columbus, St. Clair, Michigan, but was actually Rochester, Oakland, Michigan. At the time Wilson died in 1970, zip code 48063 was assigned to Rochester, Oakland, Michigan. It was re-assigned to Columbus, St. Clair, Michigan in the 1990s, long after Wilson's death.

Dr. Wilson Ends Long Service

Rochester, MI

Rochester Era [Rochester, Oakland, Michigan], November 25, 1949, p.1:

Three-Time Village President Retires

When Dr. Robert H. Wilson turned the village president's chair over to Wilson Severance Monday night he formally retired from the local public scene after a distinguished record of service which has stretched over 40 years.

A three-time village president, a former councilamn and a loyal leader in community affairs during that period, Dr. Wilson announced that he was giving up his civic work upon the advice of his doctor.

He said that he is leaving with one satisfaction, however, for by adopting the council-manager form of government, the village has accepted something which he has advocated for many years.

"It has been a pet hobby of mine for a long time," he told the council member in a farewell talk, "and I believe that it will prove the wisdom of its backers."

In expressing thanks for the cooperation during the past year, he said that the council had its ups-and-downs and didn't alway see eye-to-eye but "that is the way it should be."

"We didn't accomplish all we wanted to do this last year but our finances just wouldn't permit it," he said.

Speaking to Mr. Slone, Dr. Wilson told him that the council was a mighty fine bunch to work with and in turn asked the council to give the manager all its cooperation. With Slone's background and ability all should get along well the retiring president said.

In conclusion, Dr. Wilson added that Mrs. Lillian Easterle, the village clerk, had been a valuable asset to the council, and he cited Mrs. Mae Nyhus, village treasurer, for her service.

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