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 John Quillin Tilson Jr.

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John Quillin Tilson Jr.

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Death 1 Nov 2002 (aged 91)
Burial Clearbranch, Unicoi County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 79482994 View Source
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November 05, 2002
TILSON, John Q., Jr.
John Q. Tilson Jr., died at age 91 at his residence at Evergreen Woods, North Branford, on Friday (November 1, 2002) after a long siege with Parkinsons Disease. He was born August 27, 1911 in New Haven and resided in the New Haven area his entire life. His parents were Marguerite N. Tilson and John Q. Tilson, a U.S. Congressman who represented the New Haven area for 11 terms. He was predeceased in 1994 by his wife of 50 years, Catherine Jackson Tilson. He is survived by his two sisters, Katherine T. Murray of New London, NH and Margaret T. Shafer of Wilsonville, OR; his daughter, Rebecca T. Hoyt of North Branford; his two sons, John Q. Tilson III of Eugene, OR and Thomas D. Tilson of Addis Adaba, Ethiopia; plus six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. He graduated from Hotchiss in 1929, Yale College in 1933, and Yale Law School in 1936. After Law School, he entered the New Haven law firm of Wiggin and Dana. In 1996, he and the firm celebrated his 60 years with W&D. He continued to regularly go to work at the firm for four additional years, until he was 89 years old. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corp, both in World War II and in the Korean War, reaching the rank of Commander. In 1953, he was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly. In 1956, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention that nominated General Dwight Eisenhower for President, and he was a delegate again in 1964 when Senator Barry Goldwater won out over his candidate, Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton. His law practice covered a variety of areas, including labor law and estate planning. Increasingly, however, it was characterized by a growing focus on, and expertise in, health-related matters. He was a pioneer in the field of Hospital Law and lectured on this subject for many years at the Yale School of Public Health. He served as a Trustee and Secretary of Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was a Trustee and President of the Connecticut Association for Mental Health. He was particularly proud of his work in the establishment and support of The Connecticut Hospice. He was a lobbyist at the Connecticut General Assembly for many years for such clients as the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) and Yale. He was President of the Connecticut Bar Association in 1961. He particularly enjoyed his summer vacations, shared with many other family members, at Lake Sunapee, NH. He remained a loyal Boston Red Sox fan. Services will be held at The Church of the Redeemer at 185 Cold Springs St., New Haven, at 11 a.m. on Friday November 8. Burial will take place at a later date at the family cemetery on the Tilson family farm in Erwin, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.


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