Obituary for Daniel Wilkerson MD
DANIEL COYLE WILKERSON, M.D. Quietly on Saturday, September 16, 2017, Dan Wilkerson passed from this earth at the Arbors of Bedford following a brief illness, just one month shy of his 95th birthday. Born October 25, 1922, in Washington, D.C. he was the son of Daniel C. Wilkerson, Sr. and Edith Louise (Haycock) Wilkerson. Growing up in Detroit, Michigan where his father was employed as a patent attorney for General Motors, Dan received his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Chicago and Wayne State University in Detroit. He served as a Major in the U. S. Army Medical Corps from 1947 to 1952, receiving his rotating internship training at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco and surgical residency training at Fitzsimmons and Tripler General Hospitals in Honolulu and Research Hospital in Kansas City. Later he had a one-year medical residency at the Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore. He was board certified in General Surgery in 1957 with recertification in 1985. As a surgeon death became his enemy, and he fought valiantly to keep every patient alive. It was his mission in life.
Dan first married in 1946 to Rea Frances Raisig, and together they had five children, living variously in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas and finally the beautiful mountains of Virginia. The marriage, however, ultimately failed, and Dan relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where he met and married Carolyn Aline Hocker who gave him two more sons. Dan remained in the Baltimore-Annapolis area for several years, working in the Shock Trauma unit of the University of Maryland Hospital with house staff teaching positions at Bon Secours and South Baltimore Hospitals. He was also the author of several publications and served as consultant at various local facilities. His second marriage also failed to endure, and Dan remained unmarried until 2007 when he married a long-time friend, the former Martha Upton Dodge and removed to Amherst, N.H. Dan is survived by several children, John Curtis Wilkerson of Salisbury, Maryland; Timothy Reid Wilkerson and his wife Robin of Kingsport, Tennessee; Martha Wilkerson Johnson and her husband Robert of Vienna, Virginia; Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman of Memphis Tennessee and her husband Hershel; Daniel Shawcross Wilkerson of California and Galen Justus Wilkerson of Italy. Additionally he is survived by his brother, Dr. Thomas Delaney Wilkerson and his wife Mary Gilbert (Palmer) Wilkerson of Utah and his second wife, Carolyn A. Hocker of Pennsylvania. Dan’s first wife, Rea Raisig, died in 2010, and their son David Hunter Wilkerson died in Viet Nam in 1969. Dan is also survived by his third wife, Martha Upton Dodge of Amherst and her family William and Elizabeth Craumer of Bedford. Dan was also blessed with several grandchildren, stepgrandchildren and great grandchildren whose lives were touched by his presence.
Dan was possessed with a keen intellect and a passion for knowledge. An avid reader, his range of interests was vast. He closely followed current events both nationally and internationally and was an avid reader of the Wall Street Journal. Failing eyesight did not prevent him from devouring books that held his attention, preferring nonfiction such as history and biography. A lover of music, a progression of hearing loss impaired his ability to enjoy the range of tones and chords that had brought him pleasure in his earlier years. He was fascinated by the natural vegetative world around him; he enjoyed planting and watching things grow. He loved the ocean and was refreshed by it. He loved life and did not want to leave it behind. He will be sorely missed by all who loved him.
SERVICES: A Funeral Service in his honor will be held at the Davis Funeral Home, One Lock St., Nashua on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. with burial following at the Groton Cemetery, 242 Hollis Street, Groton, MA. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are handled by the Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua, N. H.