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December 9, 1928 - November 19, 2013 ATLANTA, GA Willard Aronson, MD, 84, died on Tuesday evening, November 19, 2013. Willard was born to the late Samuel & Dorothy Aronson December 9, 1928, in Scranton, PA. He was raised in Philadelphia, PA, where he attended the University of Pennsylvania through the completion of his Medical Doctorate in 1954. Willard interned at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Philadelphia General Hospital. In 1957, Willard joined the United States Army Medical Corps, where he served as a Captain, was a Pathologist at Brook Army Hospital and ran the Laboratory at the Nurnberg Army Hospital in Nurnberg, Germany, until 1960. After leaving the military, he returned to Philadelphia General Hospital as Director of Exfoliative Cytology in 1960. Willard served as Director of Laboratory at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, WI, 1960 - 1967. In 1967, he moved to Oklahoma City, where he served as the Director of Pathology at Mercy Hospital through 1977. From 1972 through 1997, Willard was a partner at Medical Arts Laboratory in Oklahoma City, during which time he completed his service to Mercy Hospital and also worked as a pathologist at their offices and at South Community Hospital in Oklahoma City. After retirement from Medical Arts Laboratory, Willard joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma and served as Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pathology from 1997 through 2010. While at the university, Willard found his true passion for teaching and was honored to receive the Richard W. Leech Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Residents of the Department of Pathology. Willard was also a Pathologist at Department of Veterans Affairs from 2000 through 2010. Willard was American Board of Pathology certified in both surgical and anatomic pathology. Willard was a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, a member of the Oklahoma County and State Medical Associations and a member of the American Medical Association. Willard had several papers published in many of the major medical journals. Willard worked passionately as a Surgical Pathologist and Educator until his retirement at 82. In the fall of 2010, Willard moved to Atlanta, GA to be closer to his youngest grandchildren. In addition to his career, Willard was a consummate Renaissance Man, pursuing his passions for the arts - especially Opera and Classical Music and humanity in general. Willard was also a prolific photographer, taking pictures of friends, family, flora, and fauna whenever the opportunity arose. Willard is survived by his wife, Judith Aronson (currently of Atlanta, GA); and his five children, Billy Aronson (Brooklyn, NY), Lori Stephens (Tucker, GA), Dorothy Aronson (Arlington, VA), Joey Aronson (Oklahoma City), and Noah Aronson (Atlanta, GA). Willard also has seven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the arts organization of your choice. A memorial service will be held December 8, 2:30 p.m. at The Temple in Atlanta, GA (1589 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309).

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 24, 2013
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