Douglas Wilson, husband to Kathy and father to Hannah and Sam, was born in Bay Shore, New York on August 20, 1946, and lived a tenacious and expansive life. He showed compassion to those around him.
Doug studied mathematics and played baseball at Columbia College in New York City after a year at RPI, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York. After college, he tried out for the Mets, worked as a Vista volunteer and traveled. He earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Transportation at Columbia University and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Washington and worked in Transportation for the City of Seattle, TWA and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
In Seattle, he met and married his wife Kathy Geiszler. Together, they adopted two children from China, Hannah from Changsha and Sam from Guangzhou. They traveled extensively – Doug has visited all 50 states, the last being North Dakota for a Geiszler family reunion – and he also traveled to Europe, Mexico, and China, and was planning a trip to Denmark for a bike tour with Hannah and Sam.
Doug was particularly fond of Handel’s Messiah, Simon and Garfunkel, biographies of St. Augustine, C.S. Lewis, and other heroes of the faith and was an avid news junkie, carrying a pocket radio with him at all times just in case. His adventurous spirit extended to his relationship; he was generous with friends and family, and those in need, and he had friends with diverse views and personalities.
Doug took a “never give up” attitude to everything from installing I-beams in his house to his three year pro-active fight with pancreatic cancer. When the doctors at one hospital wouldn’t remove a tumor from his liver, he found a doctor at another who would. Even though he would faint at the sight of needles and blood when he was younger, he bravely gave himself insulin shots five times a day in addition to regularly drawing blood to monitor his blood sugar. At the same time, he was not afraid of death because he strongly believed in the will of God, and the he would be released to join Jesus.
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