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Robert O. Wilson

Robert O. Wilson

Robert O. Wilson was born in Nanking on October 5, 1906, son of Methodist missionaries Wilbur F. and Mary Rowley Wilson.  Wilson graduated from Princeton University and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1929. He was appointed to the staff of the University of Nanking Hospital in 1935, arriving in 1936. Wilson continued working in the hospital throughout the Japanese occupation while most Chinese doctors had left Nanking well before the city was captured. Wilson's diary/letters to his family published in this volume describe the incredibly heavy load of medical work carried out by Wilson with the help of his colleague C. S. Trimmer, and a few nurses, one of whom was the 67-year-old American, Iva Hynds.  Not until April 1938, when Dr. Lee of St. Andrew's Hospital at Wuhsi came to the University hospital with another doctor (apparently R. F. Brady) and two nurses, did Wilson and his staff get some relief.  In early June, 1938, Wilson was able to leave Nanking for a furlough in Shanghai.

RG 11: Box 229 Folder 3873: "College Files: University of Nanking: Correspondence: Wilson, Robert 1936-1938"

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Dec. 28, 1937 "Dear Mr. Garside"

Card from Marjorie Wilson (Mrs. Robert O. Wilson) to B.A Garside (administrator, Associated Boards for Christian Colleges in China)

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Jan. 21, 1938 "Dear Marjorie"

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Jan. 25, 1938 "Dear Marjorie"

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Feb. 17, 1938 "Dear Marjorie"

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August 11, 1938 "Dear Marjorie"

All four above (Jan 21-Aug 11, 1938): Letters from B.A. Garside to Marjorie Wilson

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July 26, 1938 "Dear Mr. Garside"

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August 27, 1938 "Dear Mr. Garside"

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Sept. 23, 1938 "Dear Mr. Garside"

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Sept. 26, 1938 "Dear Mr. Garside"

All four above (July 26 - Sept 26) Letters from Marjorie Wilson to B. A. Garside.

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Sept. 26, 1938 "Dear Marjorie"

            Letter from B.A. Garside to Marjorie Wilson

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Oct. 3, 1938 "Mrs. Wilson"

Letter from C.A. Evans to Marjorie Wilson regarding issuing her passport

RG 11: Box 229 Folder 3875: "College Files: University of Nanking: Correspondence: Wilson, Robert 1937"

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Aug. 15 - Sept. 3, 1937 "Dear Folks"

            Letter from Robert O. Wilson to multiple people

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Aug. 16, 1937 "Dear Dr. Wilson"

            Letter to Robert O. Wilson from B.A. Garside (?)

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Sept. 24 - Dec. 14, 1937 "Dear Folks"

            Letter from Robert O. Wilson to multiple people

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Nov. 8, 1937 "Dear Dr. Wilson"

Letter to Dr. Wilson from W. Reginald Wheeler (University of Nanking faculty / mission executive)

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Dec. 15, 1937 - Jan. 9, 1938 "Dear Family"

            Letter from Dr. Wilson to his family

RG 11: Box 229 Folder 3876: "College Files: University of Nanking: Correspondence: Wilson, Robert 1938-1941"

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Jan. 28 - 31, 1938 "Dearest Family"

            Letter from Dr. Wilson to his family

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