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Robert K. Wilson, 1914-2003

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  Chaplain (Cdr.) Robert K. Wilson, USN (Ret.), died on his 89th birthday, Jan. 9, 2003. A native of Booneville, Kentucky, Chaplain Wilson was a graduate of Berea College. After two years as an elementary school teacher, he entered Union Theological Seminary in New York, graduating in 1943. He then joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as chaplain for 21 years.

  Upon his retirement in 1964, he became the first John M. Camp Chaplain to the Corps of Cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, also serving there as a lecturer in philosophy and comparative religion. Upon retiring from VMI in 1979, he continued his ministry as supply pastor for numerous churches in the Lexington area. He was a member of the Virginia United Methodist Conference, Staunton District.

  He is survived by his wife Miriam (Mimi) and four sons David, Robert, Mark, and Richard, and two grandchildren. A memorial service was held in the VMI Chapel on Jan. 25, 2003, with burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

— Miriam (Mimi) Wilson, wife



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