Obituary: Edmund Earl Wilkins, M.D. – 1930-2011
Edmund Earl Wilkins died peacefully at his home in New Brunswick, Canada on December 3, 2011. Ed was born on August 11, 1930 in San Mateo, California. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in engineering and served in the US Air Force in Korea and Thailand. He went on to study medicine at Stanford University Medical School. He and his family moved to Truckee in 1965, where he became a partner in the Tahoe Truckee Medical Group. In 1976 he moved to Canada, where he was the Director of the Community Health Center in Dalhousie and an Associate Professor at McGill University. He continued to practice medicine until an accidental fall forced his retirement in 2003. Ed had a passion for medicine and thoroughly enjoyed his patients and colleagues throughout his many years as a family doctor.
Ed is survived by his wife, Gail Carleton; by four daughters from a previous marriage to Nancy Schrader Wilkins: Anna Wilkins Henderson, Ellen Wilkins Hudson (Jim), Sara Wilkins Fox (Pat), Maia Wilkins (Michael Levine); by two sons: Benjamin Carleton Wilkins, and Zachary Carleton Wilkins; and by six grandchildren: Kelsey Hudson, Hannah and Eliza Henderson, Henry and Natalie Fox, Martin Levine.
An avid outdoorsman and adventurer, Ed relished any outdoor activity, sport, or game, and approached them all with competitive zeal and joy. A lifelong athlete, he competed in track and rugby at Cal, and completed the 90K Vasaloppet Nordic ski race in Sweden in 2000. He loved to hike, camp, boat, and ski, and during his time in the Sierras enjoyed spending time at Palisades Lake on Donner Summit. In Canada he worked a small farm where he planted fruit trees, pine and birch groves, and cleared trails for running and skiing. Ed’s varied interests also included books and music. He was a unique and beloved individual who will be missed by his family and many others.
A musical concert memorial will be held in 2012 in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. Remembrances can be sent to: The Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research, Traumatic Brain Injury Research Fund, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160.