Brian Gilmore Wilson (Dr Brian Wilson OAM) was born in Queensland on 22 September 1923 and died on 6 May 2020, aged 96.
He became a Churchill Fellow in 1966, travelling to Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America to visit a number of Glaucoma Centres for consultation and study. Following his Fellowship he brought back considerable skills, particularly in the techniques of fluorescein angiography and glaucoma to Brisbane. He was heavily involved in the education of ophthalmology trainees over many years.
Brian was an active member of the Queensland Churchill Fellows Association. In memory of his first wife, Dorothy, he established a generous endowment, the biennial Dorothy and Brian Wilson Fellowship to Investigate Strategies Aimed at Making a Difference in the Lives of Disadvantaged Children through Education and Training. Brian was a member of the Queensland Regional Selection Committee from 1972 until 1979. He was awarded Life Membership of the Churchill Fellows Association of Qld in recognition of his continued dedication to the Association and its Fellows. Although he retired from private practice in 1997, he remained an active member of the Churchill Fellows Association.
In the early 1970’s he practiced in rooms in Ladhope Chambers on Wickham Terrace. In 1985 he became one of the four founding partners of Terrace Eye Centre, established in a newly constructed building nearby. Terrace Eye Centre is a specialist Ophthalmology practice providing comprehensive and specialised diagnosis and treatment for a multitude of eye conditions. Brian retired from the practice in 1997.
In 2007 Brian was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (for service to medicine in the field of ophthalmology as a researcher, clinician and teacher, and to the community.
In January 2020 he was presented with the Churchill Trust Board Recognition Award in appreciation of his significant contribution to the Trust for forty-eight years.