Passed away peacefully on December 24, 2018 at Greenspring Village in Springfield, VA. The son of CJR Wilson and Mildred Guinn Wilson, he was born on March 14, 1928 and grew up in Berkeley, CA. He enlisted in the army and in 1947 served in the U.S. Army of Occupation in South Korea. After receiving a B.A. in psychology from Stanford University, he earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in social psychology in 1955.
Early in his career, Dr. Wilson was a professor at the University of New Mexico, the University of Pittsburgh, and the City University of New York. Later he was a research scientist at the Human Resources Research Organization in Alexandria, VA.
Dr. Wilson was a long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA), where he sang in the choir for many years. He enjoyed singing folk and popular songs and accompanying himself on the guitar or banjo.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Arlene Ethel Lange Wilson; his daughters, Julie Wilson Childers (Bruce Childers) of Pittsburgh, PA, and Elizabeth Arlene Wilson (Craig Berkey) of Arlington, VA; and his brother, Gordon Wilson of San Rafael, CA.
A service in celebration of Dr. Wilson’s life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 2 PM at UUCA, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to UUCA.