WILLIAM H. WICKETT, JR., M.D. William H. Wickett, Jr. died at the age of 85 on January 6, 2005 in Campbell, California. A native of Fullerton, California, he was the son of William. H. Wickett, also a physician, and Ethel Chapman Wickett, daughter of Orange County pioneer Charles C. Chapman.
He attended Fullerton High School, USC and USC Medical School, and served in World War II as a medical officer in the U.S. Army.
"Dr. Bill" practiced obstetrics and family medicine in Fullerton for over 20 years, delivering more than 4,000 babies. Later, he served as Director of Student Health Services at California State University, Fullerton. He was president of the Orange County Medical Association, a member of the United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club, the YMCA and numerous boards.
In 1960 he fulfilled a lifelong dream when he traveled to Africa with his family, first to visit Albert Schweitzer, and then to work in a remote hospital in Zimbabwe for one year. He wrote about the experience in a book titled "7 Wicketts on a Ticket".
In 1982 he concluded a three-year study and authored "Herpes, Cause and Control", praised by Abigail Van Buren ("Dear Abby") as "Šthe best explanation of Herpes and what to do about it that I have ever read."
Dr. Wickett was married to Fullerton native Jean Launer Wickett and, after her death, to MarGy Rutledge Wickett of Sonoma, California. Together, the Wickett and Rutledge clan have eight children - Anne Cross of Saratoga; Al Rhodes-Wickett, Los Angeles; Dr. Kay Wickett Ostensen, Laguna Beach; Bill Wickett, Encinitas; Susan Wickett-Ford, Seattle; Jill Powers, Sonoma; Ariyon Rutledge, Kenwood; and Terry Rutledge, San Jose.
There are seventeen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren who will also greatly miss "Baba".
He loved the ocean and was an avid birdwatcher, swimmer, traveler and connoisseur of bad puns.
A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, January 15th, at 3:00 pm at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Drive in South Laguna. Contributions in his memory may be made to the nonprofit William H. Wickett, Jr. Foundation which supports his favorite charities.
Donations may be brought to the memorial service or mailed to 1584 Caudor St., Encinitas, CA 92024.
Published by Orange County Register on Jan. 13, 2005.