79R11061 JNC-D

By:  Delisi                                                       H.R. No. 982

WHEREAS, A loving family and good friends celebrate the life of eminent psychiatrist, humanities scholar, and author Dr. Harry A. Wilmer II, who passed away in Salado on March 13, 2005, at the age of 88; and WHEREAS, Born March 5, 1917, in New Orleans, Dr. Wilmer had an unlimited thirst for knowledge, and he earned a B.A., an M.B., a Ph.D., and an M.D. from the University of Minnesota; and WHEREAS, His storied and distinguished career in the diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders included serving as an intern in the U.S. Navy Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone, as a National Research Council Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and as a fellow in internal medicine and neuropsychiatry and a staff psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic; and WHEREAS, Dr. Wilmer also held the distinction of serving as the first psychiatrist at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic in California and held a notable tenure as an associate professor of medicine at Stanford University; and WHEREAS, At Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, he introduced the practice of group therapy to North America while serving as a captain in the U.S. Navy; his important innovation was documented in the scholarly work Social Psychiatry in Action and depicted in a 1961 Emmy-nominated docudrama, "People Need People"; and WHEREAS, Dr. Wilmer was passionately progressive in noble pursuits to improve the human condition; he employed his genius and innovation to address many of society's most pressing issues, including prison reform and drug abuse; and WHEREAS, A man of remarkable ideas and action, he served as senior staff psychiatrist at Scott & White Clinic in Temple, performed pioneering work on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on Vietnam veterans, and developed training for AIDS caregivers as a professor of psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; and WHEREAS, After retiring from The University of Texas, this acclaimed Jungian analyst established the Institute for Humanities at Salado, where he summoned educators, scholars, and artists to conduct workshops and expand universal knowledge for the betterment of mankind; and WHEREAS, Dr. Wilmer became a beloved and important fixture in the Salado community; in his leisure time, he often enjoyed a round of golf, but with a fishing pole in tow in case he discovered a perfect spot to stop along the banks of Salado Creek to fish and while away a sunny afternoon; and WHEREAS, Harry Wilmer was a professional of great talent and wisdom; he will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his contributions in the field of mental health will continue to have a positive effect in countless lives for years to come; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas Legislature hereby honor the life of Harry A. Wilmer II and extend deepest sympathy to the members of his family: to his wife, Jane Harris Wilmer; to his children, John Wilmer, Tom and Beth Wilmer, Jim and Linda Wilmer, and Mary Wilmer Mills and Peter Mills; to his daughter-in-law, Lynn Wilmer; to his five grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; and to his other relatives and many friends; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Dr. Harry A. Wilmer II.