He was born to a Quaker family in Newtown, Pa. Bob attended George School, where he wrestled. At Princeton he majored in chemistry, graduating with high honors. He avidly followed Tiger wrestling and football.
He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1944, served in the Army Medical Corps as captain, and completed his medical internship at Bellevue Hospital in New York.
Bob settled in Somerville, N.J. For 17 years he was director of internal medicine at Somerset Medical Center. Bob was the first internist in Somerset County to be board-certified. He was a “doctor’s doctor” with 37 physician-patients. Upon his retirement, the New Jersey Medical Society honored Bob. He volunteered at a methadone clinic.
Bob loved his family and friends, enjoyed golf at the Raritan Valley Country Club, traveled extensively, and enjoyed his homes on Long Beach Island and St. Maarten.
Bob was predeceased by his wife, Virginia, in 2013 and brother, A. Duane Wilson ’44, in 1995. He is survived by six children; 16 grandchildren, including Chris Bormann ’88 and Holly Wilson Bormann h’88; and many great-grandchildren.