Grant Robert Wilkinson

Born in Derby, UK on August 27, 1941

Departed on June 13, 2006 and resided in West Nashville, TN

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WILKINSON, Ph.D., D.Sc., Grant Robert Age 64 years, passed from this life Tuesday June 13, 2006 from Leukemia. A native of Derby, England, Dr. Wilkinson was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Gwendoline Wilkinson, also of Derby in the Midlands. He is survived by his wife, Merrily; children, Grant Russell Jennifer Wilkinson; Nicole Estelle Wilkinson, Tracey Allyson Wilkinson, and Erika Lynne Wilkinson; step children, Annalise Elena Michael Ianelli, and Kevin Michael Dunphy; grandchildren, Grant Roger Wilkinson and Katherine Newell Wilkinson; step-grandchildren, Louis Dante, Mia Francesca, Nina Serafina, and Vincent Michael Iannelli, and Sean Gianni Dunphy. Dr. Wilkinson was Professor of Pharmacology Emeritus, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and an internationally recognized researcher in clinical pharmacology. Following his early education in Derby, he received his undergraduate degree and D.Sc. from the University of Manchester and his Ph.D from the University of London. Dr. Wilkinson came to the United States in 1966 and held positions at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Kentucky before he came to Vanderbilt in 1971. His research was among the most highly cited work in pharmacology over the past 25 years and earned him a number of prestigious scientific awards and membership in the Athenaeum Club, London. Fondly known for his World War II frugality, Dr. Wilkinson gave generously and frequently to many charities. Hew was an avid reader of non-fiction and military history and a collector of British Military Cap Badges. A memorial celebration of his life will be held Friday July 7, 2006 at 3PM at the Benton Chapel of Vanderbilt University

4 Comments to Grant Robert Wilkinson

  1. George and Joan Galasso
    June 15, 2006 12:00 am

    Our condolences to the family on this tragic and premature loss. We knew Grant briefly through the wedding of my son John Galasso and Linda Dass. I was also quite aware of his excellent research through my postition as Assoc. Director of Extramural Programs at NIH. Thus we knew him as an outstanding individual both socially and scientifically. He received a most prestigious grant from NIH. I know he will be sorely missed.

  2. Flora Murray
    June 20, 2006 12:00 am

    Just a short word of condolence for a great man. I was his interim secretary at Vanderbilt for three months and, during my brief tenure, I learned to admire and respect his work and charming cadence. Dr. Wilkinson will always rank high in my book for all he was.

  3. Barry Berkowitz
    June 27, 2006 12:00 am

    So Sorry to learn of Grant’s Death.

    He was a great person and excellent scientist.

    Sincere sympathy to his family

    Barry Berkowitz

  4. Bill Crouthamel
    July 6, 2006 12:00 am

    Grant was a great scientist and a wonderful person to work with. He was a major contributor to my education while I was a Ph.D. student at University of Kentucky.
    Grant will be missed by all who know him.