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James Wallace Wilkes
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Birth: Jan. 10, 1876
Death: Feb. 19, 1947

Dr. J. W. Wilkes, Long A Leading Physician, Dies

Dr. James Wallace Wilkes, 71, widely known physician and a practitioner here for almost 50 years, succumbed to a long illness this morning at six o'clock at his home on Athenaeum Street.

His death closed a notable medical career dating from his graduation in 1900 as a member of the first graduating class of the Cornell University College of Medicine. He was a past president of the Tennessee Otolaryngology Association, former vice-president of the Tennessee Medical Association and a past president of the Maury County Medical Association, and was for almost half a century a member of the American Medical Association.

Son of the late Dr. James Howell and Dora Davis Wilkes, he was born and reared in Maury County, attending schools here before entering Webb School, from which he graduated in the early 1890's.

He then attended the Bellevue Hospital College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, for two years. When Dr. William Polk, dean of this college, went to Cornell University to establish the Medical College there, Dr. Wilkes went with him and was a member of the first Cornell Medical College graduating class.

While at Cornell he participated in the founding of Gamma Chapter, Phi Alpha Sigma medical fraternity, of which his son, J. W. Wilkes, Jr. served last year as president.

After graduating from Cornell Dr. Wilkes served for a year as an intern at Bellevue Hospital, New York, and was then resident intern at Joseph Price Hospital, Philadelphia, for a six months period. He then entered the practice of medicine in Nashville and after a short time there returned here to take over the practice of his father, who had long been a leading physician of this county.

Dr. Wilkes engaged in the general practice of medicine until about 1908, when he returned to New York to study otolaryngology under the noted Dr. Whiting, a foremost ear, nose and throat specialist. He took special courses in the health of the eye at Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital and returned to Columbia as an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist, in which work he gained a state-wide reputation.

He was serving as president of the Tennessee Otolaryngology Association when he was stricken by a heart ailment about two years ago.

He was all his life active in medical circles, and was a member of the Columbia Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Kate Gordon Wilkes, to whom he was married in 1921; his son. J. Wallace Wilkes, Jr., a medical student at Cornell University; two daughters, Mrs. Oliver Benton Quin, III, of Jackson, Miss., and Mrs. Van Shappard, Jr., of Columbia; his sisters, Mrs. Katherine Wilkes Moak and Mrs. Robert L. McKinney, of Columbia; a brother, Nathaniel R. Wilkes, of New York; a niece, Mrs. Jack Bass, of Nashville, and one grandson.

Funeral services will be at the First Presbyterian Church at 2:30 Thursday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Dr. J. F. Ligon, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
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  Kate Gordon Wilkes (1887 - 1967)*
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Rose Hill Cemetery
Maury County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Block B
Maintained by: Frank Wilkes
Originally Created by: Mary Bob McClain
Record added: Oct 07, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11903238
James Wallace Wilkes
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James Wallace Wilkes
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James Wallace Wilkes
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 Added: Apr. 30, 2006

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