John Wilms, Class of 1948

Posted Jul 30, 2020

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John Wilms ’48 died July 23, 2020. He was born in Cincinnati, Dec. 1, 1925, to the late Louise Evatt Wilms and John Henry Wilms, M.D. He graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1943 and served in the US Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician. He graduated from Otterbein College in 1948 where he was part of the Alpha Epsilon Delta fraternity. He furthered his education at the Ohio State University School of Medicine in 1952.

John joined the Menninger School of Psychiatry (Topeka, KS) followed by assignment as a psychiatrist for the Veterans’ Administration in Fort Meade, SD. For the majority of his career he was Director, Mental Health Service, Purdue University Student Hospital (1958-89) in W. Lafayette, IN. He retired in 1989 as Professor Emeritus, Psychological Sciences.

He was certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Fellow at the American College of Health Association.

He is survived by children Janet Wilms MacLean, William Davis Wilms, and Carl Evatt Wilms. He leaves 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.