William L. London Oral History Interview, 2006-2006

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Summary

Creator:
London, William L., 1930-2014.
Abstract:
Dr. William L. London (1930-2014) was president of medical staff at Watts Hospital and Durham General Hospital (1973-1977), chair of Pediatrics at Watts (1968-1976), chair of Durham General Hospital (1976-1978), and a prominent member of the American Board of Pediatrics (1979-1999). This collection contains 1 oral history interview conducted on September 13, 2006 by Jessica Roseberry. In this interview, London discusses the integration of the Watts and Lincoln hospitals, the development of facilities at Durham Regional Hospital, and his personal responsibilities as the president of medical staff at Watts Hospital and Durham General Hospital. He also discusses his professional background, his work with the American Board of Pediatrics, and the history of pediatric care on the local, state, and national level.
Extent:
1 interview (1 master CD and 1 use CD)
Collection ID:
OH.LONDONW

Background

Scope and content:

Includes 1 oral history interview with Dr. William London conducted on September 13, 2006 by Jessica Roseberry.
In this interview, London discusses the integration of the Watts and Lincoln hospitals, the development of facilities at Durham Regional Hospital, and his personal responsibilities as the president of medical staff at Watts Hospital and Durham General Hospital. He also discusses his professional background, his work with the American Board of Pediatrics, and the history of pediatric care on the local, state, and national level.

Biographical / historical:

William L. London was born in Pittsboro, North Carolina, in 1930. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric hematology at the Boston Children's Hospital. In 1961, he returned to North Carolina to join his uncle's medical practice at Durham Pediatrics. London practiced privately at Durham Pediatrics until its purchase by Duke in 1994, then continued to practice as part of the Duke Health System until his retirement in 1999. He also served as president of medical staff at Watts Hospital and Durham General Hospital (1973-1977), chair of Pediatrics at Watts (1968-1976), and chair at Durham General Hospital (1976-1978).
London was involved in numerous local, state, and national pediatric and general medical programs over the course of his career. In 1964, he chaired a committee to provide polio vaccines to all residents of Durham and Orange counties. He later served as secretary-treasurer of the North Carolina chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (1966-1969) and then chapter chairman (1969-1974). On the national level, he volunteered with the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) from 1979 to 1999. London originally acted as one of the designated physicians on a panel that administered oral exams to certify new pediatricians. He was a member of the ABP Board of Directors (1991-1996), served on the New Subspecialties Committee (1991-1999), and acted as secretary-treasurer for the ABP (1999). In 2000, the University of North Carolina honored his community contributions by awarding London the Distinguished Service Award.
London died on October 27, 2014, in Durham, North Carolina.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2006.084 (September 2006)
Processing information:

Processed by Archives staff: September 2006

Arrangement:
Organized into the following series: Interview, September 13, 2006.
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Personal Name(s):
London, William L., 1930-2014
Corporate Name(s):
Watts Hospital (Durham, N.C.)
Lincoln Hospital (Durham, N.C.)
Duke Regional Hospital
Topical Term(s):
Hospitals, Community.
Medical Staff, Hospital.
Pediatrics.
Osteopathic Medicine.

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[Identification of item], William L. London Oral History Interview, Duke University Medical Center Archives.