March 1, 2004 - South Bend Tribune: Morocco RPCV Christopher H. Wilson dies in Indiana

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Morocco RPCV Christopher H. Wilson dies in Indiana

Morocco RPCV Christopher H. Wilson dies in Indiana

Obituary: Christopher H. Wilson ; April 21, 1947 -- Feb. 27, 2004

Mar 1, 2004

South Bend Tribune

Christopher Holdrege Wilson, 56, of Bend, Ore., formerly of South Bend, Ind., died at 2:22 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on Indiana State Road 224 east of Huntington, Ind.

Chris was born April 27, 1947, in Rochester, Minn., to James M. and Marjorie (Hollister) Wilson of South Bend, and lived in South Bend until 1979. He is survived by his mother, Marjorie H. Wilson of South Bend; a sister, Nancy (Richard) Saunders of South Bend; a brother, James "Sandy" Wilson of Chicago, Ill.; and five nieces and nephews.

Chris graduated from John Adams High School in 1965, where he served as senior class president. He became an Eagle Scout with Troop 523 at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church. He was a lifelong musician and music teacher. He studied flute under Mr. Opperman in South Bend. He received his BA in both the Music Conservatory and the Liberal Arts School at Oberlin College in 1969, being the only student to be a member of both. After graduating from Oberlin he joined the Peace Corps, where he taught English in Ksar-es-Souk in southeast Morocco from 1969 to 1971. He taught at Stanley Clark School in South Bend for several years.

He received his MA from Utah State University in Logan, Utah, and was a member of the Cache Valley Symphony in Logan. He studied classical guitar as a pupil of Christopher Parkening and taught private classical guitar in Bend, where he moved in 1979, for over 20 years. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Bend.

The Wilson family will receive friends from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in the social hall of First Presbyterian Church, 333 W. Colfax Ave. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation will take place at the Michiana Crematory, South Bend.

Memorial contributions may be made to the James M. and Christopher H. Wilson Memorial Fund, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 333 W. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46601, or to the Public Education Foundation, 635 S. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601.

SOUTH BEND -- Well-known retired surgeon and public education proponent James M. Wilson died with his son, Christopher H. Wilson, in a traffic accident Friday afternoon in Huntington County.

Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie H. Wilson, Dr. Wilson's wife and Christopher's mother, suffered minor injuries in the crash. She was treated and released from a Fort Wayne hospital Friday.

The three were traveling to Yellow Springs, Ohio, to attend the Saturday funeral of Marjorie's brother, Barrett Hollister, when the accident occurred.

According to a Huntington County Sheriff's Department press release, Dr. Wilson was driving east on U.S. 224, east of Huntington, about 2:20 p.m. Friday when a westbound pickup truck crossed the centerline and hit the Wilsons' car head-on.

Dr. Wilson, 88, of South Bend, and Christopher Wilson, 56, of Bend, Ore., were pronounced dead at the scene. Both died from massive head and chest trauma.

The driver of the truck, Larry L. Ross, 29, of Largo, Ind., suffered minor cuts and did not need to be hospitalized, police reported. Police said they performed an alcohol test on Ross at the scene and no charges have been filed against him.

"I remember instantly being hit. The truck was coming right at us and it was too late to turn or do anything," Marjorie Wilson said Saturday evening.

Mrs. Wilson crawled out of the vehicle and was attended to by people who witnessed the accident until medical help arrived.

"I was so fortunate. Thank God for good middle American people," she said of the good Samaritans who went so far as to locate Mrs. Wilson's other children traveling to the funeral in another car.

Dr. Wilson is remembered as a compassionate South Bend physician who performed lung and general surgery.

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