William D. Dolan, Jr. MD

1913 - 1999

In 1947 William D. Dolan, M.D., a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and then a major in the U.S. Army, returned from service in World War II to become the Director of Pathology at The Arlington Hospital, which had opened its doors only three years earlier. Forty-eight years later, in 1995, he retired from that position.

Bill Dolan's tenure at The Arlington Hospital was filled with achievement and honors. He was the driving force behind a 1948 agreement between Georgetown University Medical Center and The Arlington Hospital, which provided the assignment of medical residents and medical interns. This affiliation has grown stronger and more extensive, providing educational opportunities for students, residents and community physicians for more than 40 years.

Bill served as President of The Arlington Hospital Medical Staff from 1982 to 1987 and was a member of The Arlington Hospital Board of trustees for those years. Bill's dedication to continuing medical education led him to envision a conference center on campus to house medical education programs. His vision became a reality when The John T. Hazel, M.D. Conference Center was completed in 1982, honoring the memory of the first general surgeon to operate at the Hospital.

Bill's leadership was recognized far beyond the doors of The Arlington Hospital. He received many professional honors, including an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Marymount University in 1975; a Distinguished Service to Pathology Award from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the College of American Pathologists in 1976; an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1983; and an American Society of Clinical Pathologists Distinguished Service Award.

Bill was an assistant dean and clinical professor of Pathology for Georgetown University School of Medicine. He was on the board and served as president of the American Blood Commission. He was president of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the Arlington County Medical Society. He was active in many committees and panels ofthe American Medical Association, including chairman ofthe Council on Scientific Affairs.

While he devoted much of his life to his work, Bill's proudest accomplishment — which he shared with his wife Christine are his three children, Bill, Mary Anne, and John. Bill's involvement with the Northern Virginia community included being on the Board of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, membership in the Lions Club, service to The American Cancer Society, and much, much more.

The William D. Dolan, M.D. Annual Lecture Endowment was established to honor his dedication to his profession and the people of our community. It was his decision that the Annual Lecture would carry on in perpetuity.