UT Southwestern salutes Dr. Reginald Wilson, the last living graduate of Southwestern Medical College’s first graduating class.

Over the course of nearly 40 years, the Class of 1944 graduate used his education and training to do everything from answering house calls to delivering more than 2,000 babies in Dayton, Texas. Dr. Wilson maintained his practice until 1982.

In honor of his 98th birthday, former Medical School Dean Dr. Greg Fitz wrote a letter to Dr. Wilson thanking him for that first class’s contributions to UT Southwestern. He included photos from Dr. Wilson’s time at UT Southwestern.

“Building on our first 75 years, rest assured that UT Southwestern in the years ahead will continue to transform the health of our community and world wide through the discoveries that will be made, the care delivered, and the education and training that will remain a cornerstone of our institution,” Dr. Fitz said. “Those were the keystone missions you and 60 other graduates helped establish long ago as our first Medical School class, and embraced during your commencement in the auditorium of Alex W. Spence Middle School.”

Dr. Wilson said he feels “very honored and blessed to be the last surviving member of the first graduating class of UT Southwestern” and conveyed his “congratulations to the faculty, staff, and alumni on its 75th Anniversary.”

Learn about his remarkable career in medicine.