Dr. Henry H. Wilson, M.D. March 15, 1932 – November 5, 2016

Henry Harold Wilson was born in Pachmarhi, India in 1932 as a British Colonial to parents Mona Mavis and Herbert Harold Wilson. Henry was raised with two brothers, Aubrey and Leslie, and one sister, Margorie. Henry attended La Martinière College in Lucknow, India and subsequently pursued educational training to become a physician at Nagpur University in Nagpur, India. He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in 1955. Henry always knew he wanted to be a doctor and interned at the Wanless Hospital (voted “Best Intern”) and Mission Presbyterian Hospital in India. He also worked at Railroads Hospital in Mumbai. He then accepted a position at Aramco Arabian Oil Hospital in Saudi Arabia, which is where he met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth Thomsen, a Registered Nurse and native of Dumont, New Jersey. Henry and Mary were wed in Rome, Italy and honeymooned throughout Europe. Their international travels took them to Newfoundland, Canada, where Dr. Wilson worked as a Medical Officer to fulfill a one year contract. Dr. and Mrs. Wilson next moved to Los Angeles, California where he specialized in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital in downtown LA. Then Dr. Wilson’s career took them to tropical Saint Croix in the Virgin Islands where he practiced at Charles Harwood Memorial Hospital for three years. Next their travels took them to Atlanta in 1965 where he worked at various hospitals (St. Josephs, Chief Pediatric Resident. Medical Director, Central Presbyterian Clinic. Staff Pediatrician, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta) and volunteered at various clinics (Mrs. Stacey Smith’s Home for Exceptional Children, Crippled Children Services, Christian Medical Society, Cabbagetown, Atlanta. DeKalb Medical Society Health Care Center, Flying Doctors Mission Trips, Calcutta, India). Dr. Wilson was also an Emeritus member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Henry Wilson opened a private pediatric practice in Decatur, Georgia in 1968 and practiced for over 50 years retiring at the age of 78 on June 30, 2010. Dr. Wilson was a passionate and compassionate practitioner of the medical sciences, and always strove to care for his patients and their health, while taking great pride in their accomplishments. Dr. Wilson was truly humbled when many of his original patients brought their own children to his pediatric practice for care extending through multiple generations. Dr. and Mrs. Wilson raised two children, Renee and Michael, who have given them six grandchildren: Renee’s daughter Morgan and Michael’s five children; Michael, Dylan, Mackenzie, Cade, and Aidan. Dr. Wilson’s children and grandchildren were always a source of pride and joy! Dr. Wilson is survived by his wife Mary, two children, six grandchildren, sister Margorie and her husband Dr. Ayres D’Souza. Also honorably mentioned are Dr. Wilson’s sisters-in-law Dorothy Wilson (wife of brother Leslie), and Maggie Wilson (wife of brother Aubrey). Henry was a sports enthusiast who was an accomplished player of football (soccer), field hockey, and cricket. He loved birds, gardening, Indian cuisine, and music (which he never hesitated to sing loudly despite his inability to carry a tune). Dr. Henry Wilson will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.

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  1. Mrs. Wilson, We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed chatting with Dr. Henry. We have moved away, and will not be able to attend. Know you and your family are in our prayers. May Dr. Henry’s soul rest in peace and God’s perpetual light shine upon him. Joseph & Becky Fernandes

  2. Dear Mary, your life with Henry has been a beautiful adventure, both of you so caring about everybody’s well-being. We pray that Henry rest in Peace and may that Peace radiate to you, your family, your friends, in the Communion of the Saints. Namaste with love.
    Anne-Marie and Pavittar Safir

  3. Oh how we loved Dr. Wilson. We were among his patients in his first year of practice in Decatur, Ga. My two grandsons were his patients until right before he retired. He always truly cared for his “children” and knew what was wrong even in trioublesome diagnosis’. Diagnosed my nephew almost immediately with Type 1 Diabetes within min of his exam! Dr. Wilson was a very compassionate Dr. And during hard times never dunned me for payment during difficult times. I will never forget his loving kind way. Mrs. Wilson, you are Blessed to have been loved by such an honorable and kind man. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely Grateful to our Dr. Wilson.
    The Alton Swinks family with patients Stacie and Brian Swinks and Jack and Matthew Konkle

  4. Dr Henry Wilson was the pediatrician for my boys born in 1969 & 1971. He was a wonderful & caring doctor & he was so compassionate to the entire family if his patients. I had wondered what had happened to Dr Wilson & did some research & found his obituary & was saddened of his passing. Thank you Dr Wilson for taking exceptional care of my children. You will always be remembered & hold a special place in our hearts.

  5. Dr. Henry Wilson, was such a GREAT Dr. His bedside manor was unforgettable. My children never feared going to see him. They knew he would make the better with a warm caring feeling. No matter how sick they were. He was my children’s pediatrician for over 25 years. We loved him. so sorry for the Worlds’ l.oss. our prayers are with you

  6. I loved doctor wilson he was my dr. And i took a few of my kids there. He checked me when i was pregnant. I miss him and loved him so very much.

  7. Out of curiosity, I checked the Internet to see if Dr. Wilson was still with us. So sorry to hear of his passing. I was a patient as a child and 20 years later, he was my daughter’s pediatrician. Such a loving doctor; always singing. Such memories will never be forgotten. Oh, and his nurse of many years. She was a sweetheart, too!

  8. CandleImageDr. Wilson! How I miss you. Just thinking of you and how you always treated me and my sister well; navigating the current healthcare system is so difficult…it’s rare to find folks who care even half as much you did. A doctor who was there from the beginning all the way up till I was too old to step foot in your office. You were always genuine, loving, never shamed me, and built me up as a troubled kid. I know you truly cared for the marginalized youth, and I hope to see that again in a doctor someday. Much love and light to your loved ones.

  9. Oh my, I have no idea if any of Dr. Wilson’s family will see this but like so many have said he was Gods gift to us parents. My daughter and I were talking about him a few hours ago and how much she loved him.

    We were able to recommend a dear friend who became his office manager until she retired.

    Our daughter was so blessed to have you as her doctor

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