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Dr William Myles “Bill” Shelley

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Dr William Myles “Bill” Shelley

Birth
Georgia, USA
Death
10 Oct 1974 (aged 46)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial
Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA
Memorial ID
129328671 View Source

Son of Robert and Kitty Shatzer Shelley. He married Betty Link Stamey on 19 Jun 1954, in Rutherfordton, NC. He was the chief pathologist at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. He was a passenger on Eastern Airlines Flight 212 which crashed three miles short of the runway on a foggy morning at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, killing 69 persons. He was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where he died of his injuries. He was one of three people that died later of their injuries. Ten people survived.

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[from the VMI Cadet newspaper, October 25, 1974]
Shelley Memorial Service

Virginia Military Institute was the site Sunday, Oct. 13, of a memorial service for Dr. William Myles Shelley, '48, Charlotte, N. C., pathologist who died Oct. 10 of injuries received in an Eastern Air Lines plane crash at Charlotte in September. Dr. Shelley, a 1949 VMI graduate, died in the Air Force Burn Center at San Antonio, Texas, where he had been moved for treatment of extensive burns received in the crash. He was one of 13 survivors of the Eastern Air Lines crash at the Charlotte airport Sept. 11. The initial death toll was 69. The survivors were initially treated at Charlotte Memorial Hospital where Dr. Shelley had been head pathologist since 1970. The memorial service was held in VMI's Memorial Garden where his ashes were strewn following the service which concluded with a three-volley rifle salute and the playing of Taps. Commander Robert K. Wilson, VMI chaplain, conducted the service.

The service was attended by Dr. Shelley's widow, two sons and daughter, all of Charlotte, and by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Shelley, of Atlanta, Ga. Also present were about 20 of Dr. Shelley's VMI classmates and their wives, including class president Vaughn Maxwell, of Augusta, Ga.; classmates and friends of Dr. Shelley's father, a 1926 VMI graduate, and Institute officials, faculty, and longtime friends of Dr. Shelley.

Dr. Shelley, a native of Atlanta, was a class officer and an officer in the Corps at VMI, a member of the Honor Court and General Committee, and held the Air Force Association Medal as the outstanding graduate in his class in the Air Force ROTC program.

Graduated from VMI with second highest stand in the pre-medical course, he entered the medical school at Johns Hopkins University where he earned his M.D. degree in 1953. He served his internship at Johns Hopkins, later serving in the Air Force before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins. He was associate professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins when he moved to Charlotte in 1970.

Son of Robert and Kitty Shatzer Shelley. He married Betty Link Stamey on 19 Jun 1954, in Rutherfordton, NC. He was the chief pathologist at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. He was a passenger on Eastern Airlines Flight 212 which crashed three miles short of the runway on a foggy morning at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, killing 69 persons. He was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where he died of his injuries. He was one of three people that died later of their injuries. Ten people survived.

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[from the VMI Cadet newspaper, October 25, 1974]
Shelley Memorial Service

Virginia Military Institute was the site Sunday, Oct. 13, of a memorial service for Dr. William Myles Shelley, '48, Charlotte, N. C., pathologist who died Oct. 10 of injuries received in an Eastern Air Lines plane crash at Charlotte in September. Dr. Shelley, a 1949 VMI graduate, died in the Air Force Burn Center at San Antonio, Texas, where he had been moved for treatment of extensive burns received in the crash. He was one of 13 survivors of the Eastern Air Lines crash at the Charlotte airport Sept. 11. The initial death toll was 69. The survivors were initially treated at Charlotte Memorial Hospital where Dr. Shelley had been head pathologist since 1970. The memorial service was held in VMI's Memorial Garden where his ashes were strewn following the service which concluded with a three-volley rifle salute and the playing of Taps. Commander Robert K. Wilson, VMI chaplain, conducted the service.

The service was attended by Dr. Shelley's widow, two sons and daughter, all of Charlotte, and by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Shelley, of Atlanta, Ga. Also present were about 20 of Dr. Shelley's VMI classmates and their wives, including class president Vaughn Maxwell, of Augusta, Ga.; classmates and friends of Dr. Shelley's father, a 1926 VMI graduate, and Institute officials, faculty, and longtime friends of Dr. Shelley.

Dr. Shelley, a native of Atlanta, was a class officer and an officer in the Corps at VMI, a member of the Honor Court and General Committee, and held the Air Force Association Medal as the outstanding graduate in his class in the Air Force ROTC program.

Graduated from VMI with second highest stand in the pre-medical course, he entered the medical school at Johns Hopkins University where he earned his M.D. degree in 1953. He served his internship at Johns Hopkins, later serving in the Air Force before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins. He was associate professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins when he moved to Charlotte in 1970.


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  • Created by: Joni
  • Added: 6 May 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 129328671
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/129328671/william-myles-shelley: accessed ), memorial page for Dr William Myles “Bill” Shelley (25 Apr 1928–10 Oct 1974), Find a Grave Memorial ID 129328671, ; Maintained by Joni (contributor 47050877)Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA.