Mark Walton Wolcott, M.D., born April 16, 1915 in Mansfield, Ohio, died Saturday morning in Salt Lake City after a short illness.
He graduated from college at Lehigh University, where he played quarterback and was on the varsity wrestling team. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1941 he married Elizabeth Frey. He was a captain in the U.S. Navy and served as a physician in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He volunteered medical service on the hospital ship Hope, and with the National Parks Service. He served 46 years in the Department of Veteran Affairs, his most recent position was chief, Surgical Service, at the VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City. He was also Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah Medical School. He was author of several medical textbooks and journal articles. He was instrumental in developing the VA's regional medical education centers, the VA transplantation program and the VA Geriatric Care Program. He worked full time until four weeks prior to his death.He was an active member of the All Saints Episcopal Church, where he sang in the choir.
He is survived by his wife, his daughters, Judith Martin, West Haven, Connecticut; Suzanne (Mrs. Richard Chvala), of Midlothian, Virginia; brother, Richard, of Leesburg, Florida; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild. His loving family and many friends will miss him greatly.
Memorial services will be held at a later date at All Saints Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Wolcott can be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 Foothill Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah 84108 or Crossroads Urban Center. Funeral directors, Evans & Early Mortuary.
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