Glenn Wilson died after a short illness on July 17, 2014 at UNC Hospitals.
Born in East St. Louis, IL, Glenn attended public schools in Flora, IL where as a young man he was awarded a Carnegie Medal for Heroism. He was graduated with a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma.
Glenn began a life-long career in the delivery of health care by organizing and managing five rural health care centers for the United Mine Workers in Pennsylvania and South Appalachia. While living in Knoxville, TN, Glenn was active in the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, TN. He served as the Executive Director of the Community Health Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, and as a health advisor for Mayor Carl Stokes of Cleveland.
Glenn served as the first director for the North Carolina Area Health Education Center Program from 1970-1977 and the Associate Dean for Community Health Services and the Chairman of the Department of Social and Administrative Medicine for the UNC School of Medicine.
He served internationally as the Advisor to the Board of Directors for the Sault Ste. Marie and District Group Health Associations, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, as a visiting and honorary professor in Bejing, Guangzhou, and Harbin, China, and as a health care advisor in Rostock, Germany.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents and brothers.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Helen O. Wilson, three children, David Wilson (Molly), Tom Wilson, and Ann Wilson (Ike Jones) and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the NC Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill, NC or the NC Symphony. Services will be held at a later date.