Karl william waterson jr., 83, of charleston, wv, passed away suddenly at home february 16, 2019.
Born on september 30, 1935, in new york city, bill was the son of karl william and anne pauline (darling) waterson. He was raised in summit, nj, and graduated from the pingry school in basking ridge, nj, where he played on the football team and learned the game of golf. He attended the massachusetts institute of technology and obtained his undergraduate degree from washington & lee university in lexington, va. While at washington & lee, he was a member of the phi gamma delta fraternity and the alpha epsilon delta national premedical society. Bill served as a captain in the army at fort totten, ny, receiving an honorable discharge in july 1966. After earning his medical degree with a specialty in dermatology from columbia university college of physicians and surgeons in new york, bill completed his residency at ny presbyterian hospital and moffitt hospital, university of california, san francisco. He practiced dermatology for more than 40 years at locations including new york city; san francisco, ca; ramsey, nj; wheeling, wv; west plains, mo; and southfield, mi, before moving to meredith, nh, in 1991 to operate his own private practice. After retiring in 2007, he resided in leland, nc, before moving to charleston in february 2018.
Blessed with a wonderful singing voice, bill was a member of the wheeling symphony camerata choir, the pemigewasset choral society in plymouth, new hampshire, the first baptist church chancel choir & orchestra in wilmington, nc, and could sing any neil diamond song acapella by heart to everyone’s delight.
Bill was an avid sports fan who particularly enjoyed playing and watching golf. While living in wheeling, west virginia, the ladies professional golf association tournament made an annual stop and bill would open their home to lady golfers and played in the pro-am event held before the start of the regular tournament.
Bill’s family was blessed to have him in their lives. He was an honorable and kind gentleman and people enjoyed being around him. He dearly loved his wife, his children, his grandchildren and a great grandchild, and truly delighted spending time with them. Bill is survived by the love of his life, lucinda (davis) waterson, whom he married january 11, 1980, and spent 40 wonderful years together; three sons: steven (tess) waterson of jamestown, ny; grant (andrea) waterson of leonia, nj; and edward (anna louise) waterson of columbia, sc; two stepsons, william (elizabeth) lively of charleston and sidney (florence) lively of long island city, ny; two stepdaughters: anne (richard) nixon of darien, ct, and susan (george) keitel of ringwood, nj; 10 grandchildren: alexander brown-waterson of carlstadt, nj; christina waterson of campton, nh; lucas and liam waterson of leonia, nj; ashley lively of brooklyn, ny; william lively of charlotte, nc; dillon lively of charlotte, nc; davis and emily nixon of darien, ct; and geoffrey keitel of ringwood, nj; a great-granddaughter, autumn hammond of campton, nh; a sister, anne gordon of pittsburgh, pa; several nephews, a niece and a lifelong friend, sheppard davis of virginia beach, virginia.
In addition to his parents, bill was preceded in death by his second wife, karen, who died december 12, 1978; his brother, robert stewart; and an infant daughter, wendy.
A memorial service will be held saturday, april 6, at st. Matthews episcopal church, 36 norwood road, charleston, wv, 25314, beginning at 11am. In accordance with bill’s wishes, half of his remains will be interred in charleston and half will be buried alongside his parents’ graves in chelsea, vt.
Memorial contributions in bill’s name may be made to the first tee, 425 south legacy trail, st. Augustine, fl, 32092, or to another charity of one’s choosing.