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Elihu S. Wing, Jr.

August 15, 1921 April 10, 2011
Elihu S. Wing,  Jr.
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DR. ELIHU S, WING, JR., 89. a widely-respected physician, devoted medical missionary, and loving family man, died peacefully at Rhode Island Hospital on Sunday, April 10, 2011, after an extended illness.  He was the husband of Emma Sue (Brown) Wing. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June.
A native of Providence, he was the son of the late Dr. Elihu S. Wing, Sr. and Marguerite D. Wing. He attended Kent School and Middlebury College before graduating from Brown University and Yale Medical School. From 1947-1949, he served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps aboard the U.S.S. Missouri before continuing his resident training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  In 1951, he returned to Providence and joined the private practice of medicine with his father. In 1992, he became the Physician in Charge of Outlying Geriatric Clinics under the R.I. Hospital Medical Foundation. For years he maintained an association with many nursing homes throughout the state. Never one to fully retire, he also served as  the physician for the Employees Health Clinic at Rhode Island Hospital through 2009.
As an active member of his community, Dr. Wing served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in the development of a city rescue squad program. He was a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Narragansett Boy Scouts of R.I. and the Board of Trustees of the Providence County Day School.  He was also a past president of the Providence Medical Historical Society, a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Internal Medicine, and American College of Physicians. As an author of several medical publications, he was honored with the Providence Medical Association Community Service Award for Lifetime Dedication.
Dr. Wing was a lifelong member of the Community Church of Providence, formerly the Central Baptist Church. He was president of the Rhode Island Baptist State Convention in 1960. He found his true calling as a medical missionary, providing care to impoverished Haitians working in the sugar cane plantations of La Romana in the Dominican Republic.  Dr. Wing led the Community Church’s first delegation to La Romana in 1994. He was a leader in building the Good Samaritan Hospital, treated the first patient, and arranged for other doctors, nurses, and church volunteers to join him on 16 annual missions.
Dr. Wing enjoyed many years as a resident of the Laurelmead Retirement Community. He is survived by his wife Emma Sue; his three children Marisue Wing McGee and her husband Edward of Riverside, Elihu Stephen Wing and his wife Wendy of Barrington; Laura Wing Breckenridge and her husband John of Rye, New York; his five grandchildren Abigail, her husband Marc Douek, Rachel, Jacquelyn, Tyler, and Sarah; and his two great-grandchildren, Landon and Lily. He is also survived by his sister, Marjorie Wing Berry and her husband Ralph. He was the brother of the late Richard Wing.
There will a celebration of Dr. Wing’s life at the Community Church of Providence, 372 Wayland Avenue,  Providence, Rhode Island 02906, on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Church of Providence for the mission work in La Romana.  For online contributions, please visit www.laromana.org/donations.HTML    .

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