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Conrad S. Wilson Jr., of Norfolk, associate professor emeritus of English, died March 4, 2003, in a local hospital.

A native of Kernersville, N.C., Wilson joined Old Dominion, known at the time as the Norfolk Division, in 1952 and taught until his retirement from the English department in 1988.

Known by his family as "Unk," Wilson was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1941-46. While stationed in the Philippines under Gen. Douglas MacArthur, he was part of the invasion force assembled for the final attack on the Japanese mainland.

A graduate of Guilford College, Wilson received his master's degree from the University of Miami at Coral Gables.

He was a lover of the arts, classical music, drama and opera, and was named program director of the college's fledgling radio station WMTI by then President Lewis Webb.

Survivors include a sister, Iris Marus of Greensboro, N.C., a niece and three nephews. A celebration of Wilson's life was held March 9 at St. Mark United Methodist Church.

This article was posted on: March 10, 2003

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