Wallace / Webb / Wheeler / Wilkenfeld / Williams / Wollenman

Stuart A. Wallace, MD (1951)

Dr. Stuart Allen Wallace was born on December 1, 1898 in Metcalfe, Ontario in Canada to David W. Wallace and Ester Angelia Eastman. Dr. Wallace was a bachelor, known for his quiet, gentlemanly manner. He had a sister, who often visited him while he was living in Texas.

Dr. Wallace died on October 13, 1965 in Houston in the Pathology Department Conference Room at Baylor while attending a lecture.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Wallace received his MD degree from Queens University Faculty of Medicine in Ontario, Canada in 1922. He was board certified by the American Board of Pathology in 1937.

From 1927 until 1934 Dr. Wallace served as chair of the department of pathology at Baylor University College of Medicine in Dallas, Texas. In 1929 he left Baylor for private practice, but returned in 1936 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1942.

When Baylor College of Medicine moved to Houston in 1943, Dr. Wallace moved with it remaining as chair of the Department of Pathology and was the first professor to fill the R. Clarence Fulbright endowed chair. Notably, he shipped his entire collection of pathology specimens from Dallas to Houston, including 100,000 microscopic slides. He was known for his expertise and his work with residents, often helping them financially and hosting dinners for them.

Dr. Wallace also served as a surgical pathologist and directed the pathology laboratories at Jefferson Davis Hospital for the care of indigent persons. The hospital was several miles away from the Sears Warehouse that was the make-shift laboratory for Baylor at the time.

While Dr. Wallace felt that research was needed in the field of pathology, the immediate need in Houston was to provide clinical services for the local hospitals. Nine years after coming to Houston, Dr. Wallace had established the pathology department and brought in enough pathologists that he could focus on research. He was a pioneer of pathology in Houston, playing a pivotal role in starting the Houston Society of Pathologists. He and Dr. Paul A. Wheeler started conducting slide conferences, which drew the entire pathology community and other physicians in Houston, out of which grew the HSCP.

Dr. Wallace retired from Baylor College of Medicine in 1964, but still attended lectures. He died in 1965 from a heart attack while attending a seminar in the pathology conference room. A commemorative fund was begun in his name, and outstanding students at Baylor can receive the Stuart A. Wallace award for excellence in pathology. The Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists honored him for his activities on behalf of pathology in the community, state, and nation.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Wallace served as president of the TSP in 1951 and received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1959.

Notable Publication(s)

Rosser, C., & Wallace, S. A. (1932). Tumor formation: Pathologic changes consequent to injection of oils under rectal mucosa. Journal of the American Medical Association, 99(26), 2167-2171.
Usher, F. C., & Wallace, S. A. (1958). Tissue reaction to plastics: a comparison of nylon, Orlon, Dacron, Teflon, and Marlex. AMA archives of surgery, 76(6), 997-999.

John A. Webb, MD (1979)

Dr. John Alfred Webb was born in Mountain View, Arkansas on April 30, 1926. He graduated from Mountain View’s public school system in 1944, spending much of his teen years fishing, hiking, boating and exploring in the Ozarks. His father owned a drug store where Dr. Webb’s first job was as a soda jerk.

Dr. Webb married Judy McCleskey of Atlanta, Georgia. She was a dietitian in the U.S. Army when they met. They had four children, John, Jr., David, Christopher, and Scott.

Medical Education & Practice

Prior to medical school, Dr. Webb received an undergraduate degree in zoology and a minor in chemistry at the University of Arkansas in 1948. While there, he was active in the pre-medical society and the Blackfriars, a drama society.

Dr. Webb received his MD degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in Little Rock in 1952. While in medical school, he conducted research on curare and anti-curare drugs as well as drug studies for trypanosomes. He was a member of the Arkansas Medical Society, a group that eventually became part of Alpha Omega Alpha.

By the time of his graduation, the Korean War was occurring. This spurned Dr. Webb’s decision to serve an Army internship. He completed a Rotating General Internship at Letterman Army Hospital, San Francisco, California from June 1952 until June 1953. Upon completion of the internship he was transferred to the Middle East, and then to Trieste, Italy where he served in the famed 351st Infantry Regiment. He would continue in the U.S. Army Medical Corp Reserve until June 1968, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After returning to the states, Dr. Webb went into family practice in his hometown until the next residency year. He began his pathology residency in 1956 at the University of Arkansas, and transferred to The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to do a residency under Drs. Elwood Baird, John Childers, Kenneth Earle, and Vernie Stembridge. He completed his residency in 1959, and stayed at UTMB as an instructor in pathology. In 1960 he became assistant professor and in 1961, when Dr. Childers left, Dr. Webb became director of surgical pathology.

In 1961 Dr. Webb moved to Houston where he became clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, a position he held until 1978. He also joined the firm Lind, Hill, and Webb, which eventually formed Hill, Webb & Associates Pathology Laboratories. They served Rosewood Hospital, Sam Houston Hospital, and Bellaire Hospital, among others.

After seventeen years in Houston, Dr. Webb moved to Wichita Falls where he partnered with Dr. Eleanor Irvine at the Bethania Hospital. He served Wichita Falls and the surrounding communities until 1987 when injuries that he had suffered in an automobile accident forced Dr. Webb into retirement.

In the area of organized medicine, Dr. Webb served as president of the Houston Society of Pathologists in 1973 and the Texas Society of Cytology in 1984. He was chair of the pathology section of the Southern Medical Association and served on the Board of Counselors of the SMA.

At the national level, he served on the Board of Counselors for the American Society of Clinical Pathology and as a member of the House of Delegates for the College of American Pathologists. Until his retirement, Dr. Webb was a consultant to the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and a consultant to the Texas Medical Liability Trust. From 1980 until 1992, Dr. Webb chaired the Blood Services Committee and was on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Regional Blood Center in Wichita Falls.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Webb served as secretary, vice-president, and president of the TSP from 1974 until 1979, serving as president in 1979. Additionally, he was the first delegate representing the TSP in the House of Delegates for the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Webb received the John J. Andujar Certificate of Merit in 2001 for his exemplary practice standards, his involvement in academic medicine, and his service to organized medicine at all levels.

Notable Publication(s)

Jinich, H. O. R. A. C. I. O., Rojas, E., Webb, J. A., & Kelsey, J. R. (1968). Lymphoma presenting as malabsorption. Gastroenterology, 54(3), 421-425.

Thomas M. Wheeler, MD (1999)

Dr. Thomas M. Wheeler was born on November 21, 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri to Dr. C.J. Wheeler, Jr. and Alice Freels. He was the fourth of five children. His father was a surgery resident at Washington University School of Medicine and his mother was a chemist at Barnes Hospital when Dr. Wheeler was born. At the age of two, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin for his father’s thoracic surgery fellowship. The family then moved to Evansville, Indiana for a brief time before finally ending up in Houston, Texas where Dr. Wheeler graduated from Bellaire High School in the top 5% of his class.

Dr. Wheeler and his wife, Becky, have two children, Stephanie and Natalie. He also has three children by a previous marriage, Danica, Marcus, and Dayton.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Wheeler received an undergraduate double degree in chemistry and biology, graduating summa cum laude, from Houston Baptist University in 1975. He received his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1977, graduating with high honors, and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Wheeler had intended to become an internist but changed to pathology after sitting under the instruction of Dr. Joyce Davis, a professor in the department of pathology and a neighbor to the Wheeler family. His decision to go into pathology was cemented after taking electives in anatomic pathology with Dr. Harlan Spjut and clinical pathology with Dr. John Milam.

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Wheeler did a four-year residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Baylor, serving as chief resident his last year. In 1981 he joined the faculty at Baylor. Other than two years spent in private practice from 1989 until 1991 with Memorial Pathology Consultants, Dr. Wheeler has been on Baylor College of Medicine’s faculty since then.

Dr. Wheeler primarily served Methodist Hospital where he focused on surgical pathology, particularly of the prostate. In 1984 he was made head of anatomic pathology. In 1991 Dr. Michael Lieberman, the chair of the Department of Pathology, invited Dr. Wheeler back to Baylor after he had been gone pursuing a private practice. In 1995 Dr. Wheeler was promoted to full professor and named Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs.

When Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine dissolved their fifty-year relationship in 2004, Dr. Lieberman stayed with Methodist Hospital and Dr. Wheeler went to Baylor to serve as interim chairman of the pathology department. He currently holds the position of W.L. Moody, Jr. professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor.

Dr. Wheeler has served the medical community in several ways. He has served on the abstract review board of the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology and is on the Anatomic Pathology Test Committee of the American Board of Pathology. In 1988 he served as president of the Texas Society of Cytology. In 1992 he was president of the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists. Additionally, he has served in various capacities for the College of American Pathologists, as chair of the State Affairs Committee, the Government Affairs Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Council on Scientific Affairs. In 2006, Dr. Wheeler was elected to a second three-year term as a member of the Board of Governors.

Among his honors and awards, Dr. Wheeler was named outstanding alumnus of Houston Baptist University in 1997 and received the Herbert Lansky Award from the College of American Pathologists in 1999. He also received the Distinguished Patient Care Award from the College of American Pathologists. Dr. Wheeler is a recognized authority in the field of genitourinary pathology, specifically pathology of the prostate and has given numerous seminars on the subject at the local, national, and international levels.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Wheeler served as president of the TSP in 1999 and received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award for his contributions to pathology in 2007.

Notable Publication(s)

Dr. Wheeler has authored or coauthored over 300 papers in the scientific literature and written several book chapters. He has served on the editorial board of Human Pathology and Prostate, and is an ad hoc reviewer for several journals. Two highly-cited papers that he co-authored include:
Wolff, A. C., Hammond, M. E. H., Schwartz, J. N., Hagerty, K. L., Allred, D. C., Cote, R. J., ... & Hayes, D. F. (2006). American Society of Clinical Oncology/College of American Pathologists guideline recommendations for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 testing in breast cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25(1), 118-145.
Kattan, M. W., Eastham, J. A., Stapleton, A. M., Wheeler, T. M., & Scardino, P. T. (1998). A preoperative nomogram for disease recurrence following radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 90(10), 766-771.

Jerome S. Wilkenfeld, MD (1986)

Dr. Jerome Stanley Wilkenfeld was born on May 17, 1932 in Goose Creek, Texas (now Baytown, Texas), thirty miles southeast of Houston on Galveston Bay. From an early age, Dr. Wilkenfeld worked in the family business, Wilkenfeld Furniture Company. Dr. Wilkenfeld met his wife while completing his pre-medical credits at The University of Texas. They were married in San Angelo in 1959 and had five daughters Leanne, Saundra, Valerie, Joyce, and Michelle. They are all UT graduates.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Wilkenfeld earned his BA degree in liberal arts under the prestigious Plan II Program from The University of Texas in Austin. He was in several honor societies, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Texas in 1955. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree, Dr. Wilkenfeld spent a short time working in the family business before being drafted into the army. He served in the 2nd Battle Group of the 8th Infantry Division from 1956 until 1958, spending time in Colorado Springs and Nuremberg, Germany as the noncommissioned education and communication officer and mail clerk for his company.

After he was discharged from the army, Dr. Wilkenfeld decided to pursue medicine. He went back to UT to complete his pre-med requirements, and then enrolled at Tulane University Medical School. He received his MD degree from Tulane in 1964. While there he had received grants to work in the Department of Hematology and the Department of Pediatrics.

After completing his degree, Dr. Wilkenfeld returned to Texas do a rotating internship and a pathology residency at Hermann Hospital in Houston, obtaining a board certification in anatomic and clinical pathology in 1969. He completed fellowships in dermatopathology and clinical pathology at Baylor College of Medicine and the Methodist Hospital. He also completed a fellowship in nuclear medicine at Methodist Hospital.

In 1970 Dr. Wilkenfeld took a position as director of laboratories at Spring Branch Medical Center, a position he held for several years until Spring Branch closed in 2010. He also directed a private laboratory there. He was chief of staff in 1975 and was a two-term member of the Board of Directors and chairman of the Board in 1986. Dr. Wilkenfeld currently serves as medical director of the labs at North Cypress Medical Center.

Dr. Wilkenfeld has been active in the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists. He served on numerous committees and was the Society’s president in 1977, helping to implement the Harlan J. Spjut Award. He has been a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Pathology and the College of American Pathologists and has been a member of the American Pathology Foundation, the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Medical Foundation, the American Association of Blood Banks, the Texas Society of Cytology, the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Society of Cytopathology, and the Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity.

Texas Society of Pathologists
Dr. Wilkenfeld has been active in the TSP for a number of years. He served as secretary-treasurer from 1980 until 1985, as vice president in 1986, and president in 1987. He chaired the TSP’s Institutional Pathology Council, the Nominations Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Reimbursement Issues, and the Prepaid Health Council. He played key roles in developing the Residents and Fellows Program, the New Issues Forum and the Past Presidents’ Breakfast.  Dr. Wilkenfeld received the the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1996 for his many contributions to the field of pathology in Texas.

Jarrett E. Williams, MD (1959)

Dr. Jarrett Earl Williams was born on October 6, 1906 in Orchard, Texas in Fort Bend County to Hubert Guy Williams and Elizabeth Jenkins. He married Grace Lawry in 1935, and they had one daughter, Charlyne.

Dr. Williams died in Abilene, Texas in June of 1994.

Medical Education & Practice

After doing undergraduate work at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia, Dr. Williams went to Duke University where he received his MD degree in 1934. He then served and internship and residency in clinical pathology at Duke University Hospital. Notably, Dr. Williams was in one of the first graduating classes from Duke University School of Medicine.

Dr. Williams then joined the staff at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and served as the first clinical pathology director who came from pathology staff. Prior to 1939, surgical and clinical pathology operated independently.

In 1942 Dr. Williams moved to Kingsport, Tennessee to serve as medical director at Tennessee Eastman Munitions Plant. He later moved to White Pine, Tennessee where he was elected mayor. In 1950 Dr. Williams came back to Texas and established a clinical pathology laboratory in Abilene, one of the first of pathology laboratories in the region. He served as chief pathologist and director of clinical and pathological laboratories at Hendrick Medical Center for duration of his career.

After retiring from formal practice, Dr. Williams served as medical director for Plasma Associates of Abilene. He was instrumental in establishing blood banks in the region and actively promoted continuing education for physicians.

From 1960 until the mid-1970s, several of the pathologists in the west Texas area formed the West Texas Society of Pathologists of which Dr. Williams was an active member. They were an informal group that typically met in Big Springs. They usually shared slides, discussed difficult cases, and enjoyed dinner and fellowship. This group eventually dis-banned due to lack of attendance, but served as a way to bring pathologists together during a time when pathology was growing in the west Texas region.

Dr. Williams was also a past president of the Texas Association of Blood Banks and the Taylor County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. He was secretary-treasurer of the Taylor-Jones-Haskell County Medical Society for ten years and served as its president in 1967. He was a life member of the Texas Medical Association House of Delegates and received the Gold Headed Cane Award in 1971.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Williams was president of the TSP in 1959 during a time when pathology was a growing field in Texas.

Oscar J. Wollenman, Jr., MD (1960)

Dr. Oscar John Wollenman, Jr. was born in 1912 in Corder, Missouri. He married Jane Francis Wollenman, and they had four sons and a daughter: John David Wollenman, who became a doctor, Paul Wollenman, Timothy Wollenman, Richard Fredrick Ziegler, and Carol Ziegler Portwood.

Dr. Wollenman died on October 9, 1977 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Wollenman did his undergraduate studies at Central College in Fayette, Missouri. He received his MD degree in 1938 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee and completed an internship there. From 1939 until 1943 he did a pathology residency at Mallory Institute of Pathology, Boston City Hospital. He was board certified in clinical and anatomic pathology in 1946.

Dr. Wollenman served for a time in the Army Medical Corps. In 1946, he left as lieutenant colonel and worked at the VA Hospital in McKinney, Texas until 1952. He moved to Fort Worth to work at Terrell Laboratories and later took a position as director of pathology at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Worth, a position he held for many years. Dr. Wollenman also served as clinical associate professor of pathology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

While in Fort Worth, Dr. Wollenman believed that the need for blood would continue to expand. At this time each hospital collected its own donations, and according to Dr. Wollenman, there was much blood being wasted. He solicited the help of the Amon Carter Foundation to establish what became known as Carter Blood Center, with Dr. Wollenman as the founding president, in 1959.

Dr. Wollenman was a member of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists, the International Academy of Pathologists, the American Medical Association, the Tarrant County Medical Society, the American Association of Blood Banks, and the Texas Association of Blood Banks. He was a CAP fellow and a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Wollenman served the TSP in several capacities. He was a member of the Pre-Paid Health Committee and interacted with the state legislature regarding fees for pathologists. He served as president of the TSP in 1960 and received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1974.

Notable Publication(s)

Brewster, H. H., & Wollenman Jr, O. J. (1942). Myeloid Metaplasia of the Spleen with Acute Hemolytic Anemia: Report of a Case. NEJM, 227(22), 822-825.
Wollenman Jr, O. J., & Finland, M. (1943). Pathology of staphylococcal pneumonia complicating clinical influenza. The American Journal of Pathology, 19(1), 23.
Ellis, L. B., Wollenman, O. J., & Stetson, R. P. (1948). Autohemagglutinins and hemolysins with hemoglobinuria and acute hemolytic anemia, in an illness resembling infectious mononucleosis. Blood, 3(4), 419-430.