United Way of Tarrant County mourns the passing of Dr. John (Jack) Wilson of Arlington, who passed away June 23. “He was a wonderful and caring person and an outstanding United Way and Area Agency on Aging volunteer,” said United Way CEO Tim McKinney. “His contribution was significant.”
Dr. Wilson was Chair of the Advisory Council of United Way’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA). The Council is the federally-mandated body that advises AAA on policy, contracts and budget. It ensures that resources are targeted in the most effective and efficient manner to meet the needs of older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers in Tarrant County.
“He always asked the tough questions and held us accountable, but everything he asked and did was rooted in compassion,” recalled Don Smith, AAA Director and United Way Community Development Division Vice President. “The lives of older adults in Tarrant County were better because of it. We’ll all miss him at United Way of Tarrant County.”
Dr. Wilson had served on the AAA Advisory Council since 2012. He also became a volunteer nursing home ombudsman last October. His volunteer experience also included reviewing funding applications as a member of the United Way Health Council.
A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Dr. Wilson received his Ed.D. in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He did post-graduate studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. His professional career included leadership roles with Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, GTE and Soneta.
Dr. Wilson was an active member of his community group at Pantego Bible Church. He was married to Mabel Elizabeth (Dobronte) Wilson, and later to Carolyn Miller Wilson, before each succumbed to cancer. He is survived by his son, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren and two nephews.