The Funeral Mass for Emile Wilson, D. Phil., will take place at the Chapel of St. Ignatius on the campus of Seattle University on Saturday, June 22. A reception will follow in the LaRoux Room in Student Center 160.
Dr. Wilson, age 61, died Saturday, April 27th in Gardena, California after a brief bout with cancer. Dr. Wilson came to Seattle University at 16 after being accepted into the SU Honors Program and received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Masters’ degrees in Education with course work in Philosophy. During his time at Seattle University, he was the President of the Black Student Union and he helped shape the predecessor of the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs. Also, during the course of his graduate studies at SU, he worked very closely with Fr. James B. McGoldrick, S.J. in preparation to submit as Seattle University’s first Rhodes Scholar. He won the Rhodes Scholarship in late 1974 and entered Queens College, Oxford University in 1975. Following the acceptance of his dissertation on Dr. Martin Luther King in 1983/84, Dr. Wilson was awarded his Doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford in 1984.
Emile Wilson is survived by his 16 yr. old daughter, a sister and two brothers, two nieces and four nephews.
Please keep Emile, his family, and friends in your prayers.