May 15, 1974 Lawrence Essex County Massachusetts, USA
Obituary Dr. Z. William Colson Eye and Ear Surgeon Taken from a Massachusetts Newspaper 16 May 1974
Z. William Colson, MD, 79, a practicing eye and ear surgeon in the greater Lawrence area for the past 50 years until his retirement in 1970, died Wednesday at Town Manor Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in Florida, he had been a resident of Methuen for the past 50 years. Dr. Colson graduated from Emory College in 1917 and from Tufts College of Medicine in 1928. He practiced General Medicine in Lawrence for six years and in 1931 returned to Tufts to specialize in eye and ear medicine graduating in 1940. He received a research fellowship in Ophthalmology from Harvard University Medical School and Howe Laboratory. Dr. Colson was Surgeon–in-Chief of Eye and Ear at Lawrence General Hospital from 1944 through 1955. He was also a consultant at the Lawrence General and Bon Secours Hospitals until his retirement.
Dr. Colson was a first lieutenant in World War I serving in the United States Air Service from 1917 to 1918. He was a pursuit pilot serving with the 49th aero squadron in the 2nd Pursuit Group. He was cited for distinguished and exceptional gallantry in action.
Dr. Colson was a member of Hope Congregational Church and was a Diplomat for the American Board of Ophthalmology. He also held membership in the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the Harvard Club and the Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead.
Surviving include, two daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Attorney Albert G. Tierney of Marblehead Neck, and Mrs. Jane Vahan of Methuen, a son, Rev. Z. William Colson, Jr. of Charlotte, Michigan; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Hall, and Mrs. Lisa Reynolds of Ashville, N.C. and Mrs. Paula McCord of Georgia; and eight grandchildren.
The funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. in the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence St., Methuen. Cremation will be in Linwood Crematorium, Haverhill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Joint Building Fund of the Lawrence General and Bon Secours Hospitals.
Transcribed by Barbara Wilson Krause Barbjk7@aol.com