* George Clark Wilson; Valley Physician

George Clark Wilson, an ear, nose and throat specialist in the San Fernando Valley for 40 years, has died at a Tarzana hospital. He was 72.

A resident of Agoura Hills, Wilson died Monday of cancer, said his daughter, Anne Rader.

Wilson, who was born Sept. 18, 1918, in New York City, earned an undergraduate degree from USC and graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1944. He then served at a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. In 1950, he opened a practice in Sherman Oaks and also performed reconstructive plastic surgery.

Six years later, he moved the office to Encino, where he practiced medicine until 10 days before his death. From 1950 to 1987, Wilson volunteered teaching surgical procedure at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. In addition, he was a staff member at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Tarzana Regional Medical Center, Encino Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. He was a longtime member of the Los Angeles County Medical Assn. and had been a fellow at the American College of Surgeons.


He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Emma Wilson; sons W. Laird Wilson of Moorpark and G. Clark Wilson of Mission Viejo; daughters Anne Rader of Tarzana, Mary Patrick of Northridge and Charlotte Newman of Laguna Hills; stepdaughters Lydia Schlanger of Tarzana, Lisa Herold of Agoura and Lauren Valentina of Los Angeles; 16 grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.

A funeral was held Thursday with burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale. Forest Lawn Mortuary, Glendale, handled the arrangements. Donations can be made in Wilson’s name to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Assn.