Wilton Lee Halverson

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Date of Death: June 8, 1961


Wilton Lee Halverson, born June 30, 1896, at Litchfield, Minn.; died June 8, 1961, in flight midway between Los Angeles, Calif., and Portland, Oreg. After graduation from Union College he was dean at Shelton Academy in Nebraska. In 1922 he became MV and Educational Secretary for the Nebraska Conference. In 1924 he began his medical course at the College of Medical Evangelists. After graduating in 1929 he was District Health Officer for Los Angeles County. He obtained a Doctor of Public Health degree from Yale University. Governor Warren appointed him in 1942 as Director of Public Health for the State of California. He was appointed by President Truman as a delegate to the first World Health Organization at Geneva, Switzerland, in 1949. In 1954 he headed a health and sanitation survey of 17 Central and South American countries. In addition to receiving the Arthur T. McCormack Award for distinguished service in public health from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers, he received citations for meritorious service from three Presidents of the United States.

He leaves his wife, Hazel Richardson Halverson; two sons, Dr. Robert Lee Halverson and Harold Wilton Halverson; five grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Glen Halverson; and a sister, Mrs. Russell Denzel.  (MN SDA History Editor’s Note: Wilton Lee Halverson was a 1914 graduate of Maplewood Academy).

Source: Review and Herald, August 3, 1961

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