Letter to the Editor. Error in obituary

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TO THE EDITOR: I read with deep interest the obituary on Charles B. Wilson submitted by Dr. Berger, Ms. Garner, and Dr. McDermott1 (Berger MS, Garner IV, McDermott MW: Obituary. Charles B. Wilson, MD, 1929–2018. J Neurosurg 129:547–550, August 2018). Dr. Wilson was a legend in his own time, and though many of his residents have achieved extraordinary success, his influence extended far beyond his immediate program and trainees.

I wish to correct a minor error on the second page, second paragraph: “In 1958, Wilson became the first neurosurgical resident at the VA Medical

TO THE EDITOR: I read with deep interest the obituary on Charles B. Wilson submitted by Dr. Berger, Ms. Garner, and Dr. McDermott1 (Berger MS, Garner IV, McDermott MW: Obituary. Charles B. Wilson, MD, 1929–2018. J Neurosurg 129:547–550, August 2018). Dr. Wilson was a legend in his own time, and though many of his residents have achieved extraordinary success, his influence extended far beyond his immediate program and trainees.

I wish to correct a minor error on the second page, second paragraph: “In 1958, Wilson became the first neurosurgical resident at the VA Medical Center of New Orleans, working under Lewellyn Rayburn and maintaining his interest in both pathology and gliomas.” The correct name for the attending neurosurgeon is Raeburn C. Llewellyn, MD. Dr. Llewellyn was chief of the Tulane University Division of Neurosurgery during my years in Tulane Medical School from 1970 to 1973. He was pivotal in my decision to include an application for neurosurgery residency at the University of Kentucky, where he said two of his former residents, Charles B. Wilson and Horace A. Norrell, relocated from New Orleans, receiving appointments to the neurosurgery faculty. Dr. Llewellyn was born in Corbin, Kentucky, attended medical school at the University of Virginia, and did his neurosurgery training in New Orleans. He was on the Tulane faculty from 1960 to 1979. Dr. Llewellyn passed away in New Orleans in 2009 at 89 years of age.2

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References

  • 1

    Berger MSGarner IVMcDermott MW: Obituary. Charles B. Wilson, MD, 1929–2018. J Neurosurg 129:5475502018

  • 2

    Pope J: Dr. Raeburn Llewellyn, surgeon and educator, dies at 89. The Times-Picayune. October 29 2009. (https://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2009/10/dr_raeburn_llewellyn_surgeon_a.html) [Accessed December 19 2018]

INCLUDE WHEN CITING Published online January 11, 2019; DOI: 10.3171/2018.10.JNS182591.

Response

We thank Dr. Bean for the correction regarding the correct name of Dr. Llewellyn. We would also like to thank Dr. John J. Moossy, who submitted a letter to the Journal of Neurosurgery editorial office stating that his father’s name was also misspelled in the obituary.

The record is now correct.

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Article Information

Correspondence James R. Bean: james.bean@bhsi.com.

INCLUDE WHEN CITING Published online January 11, 2019; DOI: 10.3171/2018.9.JNS182175.

Disclosures The author reports no conflict of interest.

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Berger MSGarner IVMcDermott MW: Obituary. Charles B. Wilson, MD, 1929–2018. J Neurosurg 129:5475502018

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Pope J: Dr. Raeburn Llewellyn, surgeon and educator, dies at 89. The Times-Picayune. October 29 2009. (https://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2009/10/dr_raeburn_llewellyn_surgeon_a.html) [Accessed December 19 2018]

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