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William L. Dyson ’37

Published in Sept. 15, 1993, issue

LANKY, FRIENDLY Dutch Dyson, ardent golfer and one of the first to use lithium to treat manic-depressive illness, died May 12, 1993. He left his widow, Susan; a daughter, Penny; a son, Jonathan; and a grandson. His first wife, Deborah, died in 1970.

Dutch prepared at Lawrenceville, where he graduated cum laude, studied dramatics, and starred at golf (as did his father, brother, and sister). At Princeton, he continued to play golf, majored in biology, graduated with honors, and was a member of Charter Club.

Dutch attended medical school at Penn, where he was married in 1938 to Deborah A. Owens. He interned at the Univ. of Pennsylvania hospital. He served as a naval medical officer on the destroyer CLEMSON and saw antisubmarine duty in the Atlantic and amphibious assault duty in the Pacific. He was assigned to naval hospitals in Bethesda and Pensacola. After three and a half years, he was discharged as a lieutenant commander with numerous theater ribbons and a Presidential Unit Citation.

In 1947, he served as an assistant surgeon at Coaldale State Hospital, in Coaldale, Penn. From 1950 to 1965, he practiced surgery in Hazelton, Penn. In 1957, he became a surgery instructor at the Univ. of Pennsylvania Medical School. From 1965 to 1968, he held a residency in psychiatry at the Univ. of Pennsylvania. Dutch held the post of associate professor of surgery and psychiatry until 1985, when he retired from surgery. He had been president of the Luzerne County Unit of the American Cancer Society.

We send our condolences to Susan and to his children on the loss of a wonderful man.

The Class of 1937

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