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Dr William Holland Wilmer
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Birth: Aug. 26, 1863
Powhatan County
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 12, 1936
District Of Columbia, USA

Dr. Wilmer was the son of the Right Reverend Richard Wilmer, Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Alabama, and of Margaret Brown Wilmer. He attended the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and received his MD from the University of Virginia in 1885.

After studying at the New York Polyclinic Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, he practiced ophthalmology in Washington, DC. He was Professor of Ophthalmology at Georgetown University from 1904-1925. In 1925 he went to Baltimore, Maryland, to establish the Wilmer Institute of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University. He served as director of the Wilmer Institute for nine years, after which he returned to Washington.

Among Dr. Wilmer's contributions to the field of ophthalmology are his "Atlas Fundus Oculi" illustrating the normal variations and pathologic changes in the fundus (back of the eye). Dr. Wilmer was one of the founders of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Medical Association, a member of the American Ophthalmological Society, serving as president of the latter in 1923.

During World War I, Dr. Wilmer served in the US Air Service and was a pioneer in the establishment of visual requirements and ocular conditions for aviators. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the French Legion of Honor. He was honorably discharged in 1919 as a colonel and was promoted to brigadier general in the Army Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Wilmer was awarded honorary degrees by Princeton College, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, and Georgetown University. He was a devoted Episcopalian and served as a Trustee of the National Cathedral Foundation.

Dr. Wilmer married Re Lewis Smith in 1891. Both are buried in the Cathedral Crypt at the Washington National Cathedral. 
Family links: 
  Richard Hooker Wilmer (1816 - 1900)
  Margaret Brown Wilmer (1821 - 1905)
  Re Lewis Smith Wilmer (1866 - 1958)*
  Rebekah Wilmer Sard (1896 - 1980)*
  Marion Wilmer Jones (1851 - 1916)*
  Alexander Brown Wilmer (1853 - 1931)*
  William Holland Wilmer (1863 - 1936)
*Calculated relationship
Washington National Cathedral
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Cathedral Crypt
Created by: Candeux
Record added: Jan 04, 2013
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Dr William Holland Wilmer
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Dr William Holland Wilmer
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Dr William Holland Wilmer
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