A three-sport competitor, Dr. Wilson excelled in football, basketball, and track & field. At Episcopal, Dr. Wilson won two letters in football and was one of just four players to play both defense and offense for the undefeated 1953 football team. He earned First Team Washington Evening Star All-Prep and Virginia All-Prep honors.
Dr. Wilson also played three years of varsity basketball and was co-captain of the team for two years with Morton Boyd ’54. As a junior he set the single-game scoring record with 27 points, and then as a senior, he set the record again, with 38 points in a game, a record that stood until 1987.
In track & field, Dr. Wilson won two letters and competed in the broad jump, high jump, shot put, discus, and javelin. As a junior, he placed third in the state in broad jump, and as a senior he was state champion in both discus and shot put. He also won the schoolwide decathlon in both 1953 and 1954. Dr. Wilson won the C.C. Baldwin Award for Sportsmanship in 1954 and was also a Senior Monitor and Chair of the Honor Committee.
The 1954 edition of “Whispers” notes, “Robert Wilson displayed about as many talents as any one person could. Not only on the athletic field but also in other activities, he has been a consistent winner.”
Captain of the undefeated 1953 football team Fletcher Carter ’54 remembers, “He was a good football player, a tough basketball player, and an overall tough competitor. I’m proud of him for being inducted. It’s quite an honor.”
In reflecting on his own success, Dr. Wilson gives all the credit to his fellow athletes. “I was so fortunate to have such wonderfully talented teammates,” he says.
Watch a video of Dr. Wilson's induction.