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H. Clyde Wilson, Jr., 83 of Columbia died Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at home after a long illness.
A memorial service is planned for 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 11, 2010 at the Missouri Theater on the corner of 9th Street and Locust, Columbia, Missouri.
He was born May 6, 1926 in Proctor Texas to the late Houston Clyde Wilson, Sr. and Lena B (Purvis) Wilson. On August 24, 1957 he married his wife of 52 years, Betty K. Wilson in Ann Arbor Michigan and she survives him of the home. Clyde is also survived by his brother, Ray Wilson, four sons, Thomas H. Wilson, David A. Wilson, James A.Wilson and Benjamin C. Wilson; one daughter Anne K. Ferrell; four daughters-in-law, Cecilia Laura Wilson, Mary Lee Anderson, Carmen Abara Wilson and Lynn O’Brien Wilson plus one son-in-law Sean Ferrell, plus 11 grandchildren, Ana Wilson, Kevin Wilson, Luke Wilson, Luis Wilson, Manuel Wilson, Lena Wilson, Alan Wilson, Benjamin Wilson Jr., Katherine Wilson, Eva Ferrell and Sage Ferrell.
Clyde was raised in Waco Texas; and attended Texas A&M University where he received his BA in Mathematics in 1949 followed by his attendance at the University of Texas where he received is M.A. in Anthropology in1953 and finally attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he received his Ph.D in Anthropology 1961. Dr. Wilson joined the University of Missouri faculty in 1961 and thereafter founded the Department of Anthropology in 1966 and served as the first Chair of the Department. He retired as full professor in 1997 and became Professor Emeritus of the Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri. Since that time he served as Associate Curator, NAGPRA Program, MU Museum of Anthropology coordinating the repatriation of Native American human remains. Inspired by Leslie White, he developed an emphasis in cultural evolution beginning as a Research Anthropologist with the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Dulce New Mexico 1958-1960.
He was a fellow with the American Anthropological Association, an associate with Current Anthropology Society and a member of the Ethnological Society. He was awarded the MU Peace Studies Professor of the Year Award for 1998.
In addition to his academic career, Clyde Wilson cultivated a life long interest in public service beginning with a campaign for U.S. Congress in 1970 in the midst of the Vietnam War era. This experience inspired him to run successfully for one of the four city council seats in 1971. Three successful re-election campaigns followed, culminating in his election in 1979 to a two-year term as mayor of Columbia. His service occurred during a time when Columbia was undergoing a renaissance reflected by (among other things), addressing civil rights issues, land use conservation and being instrumental in the conception of the Katy Trail. After leaving office, he remained active by serving on various city commissions and in the East Campus Neighborhood Association. He has long been a role model for others, inspiring them to become involved in public service in promotion of progressive issues, and as a true example of integrity, vision, and commitment to others. Memorial contributions can be made to the Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri, 107 Swallow Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 towards the establishment of a scholarship to honor Dr. Wilson; Peace Works of Mid-Missouri; or The Salvation Army.