G. Rainey Williams Timeline

Date

Event
October 25, 1926

identical twins G. Rainey, Jr. and Russell born to Hildred Russell and G. Rainey, Sr., a cotton insurance company owner in Atlanta, Georgia.

1940's
 
1941-1942

attended Henry Grady Senior High School in Atlanta

1942-1944

moved to Oklahoma City and graduated from Classen Senior High School

1944-1946

attended University of Texas, Austin, TX (no degree)

July 1944-
November 1945

U.S. Navy, V-12 Program

1946-1950

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

1947

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; B.S.

1950's
 
1950 Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; B. Med.
June 16, 1950 married Martha Alden Vose
1950 elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and was President of his graduating class.
1951 Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; M.D.
1951 joined the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Society
July 1950-June 1951 The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; Internship
July 1951-June 1952

William Stewart Halsted Fellow in Surgery
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD; Internship

1951-1953 Assistant in Surgery
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
July 1952-June 1953

Assistant Resident Surgeon
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

July 1953-July 1955 U.S. Army, Medical Service, 1/Lt.
October, 1953 son, Bruce born
November, 1954 daughter, Alden born
July, 1955-June, 1957

Assistant Resident Surgeon
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

July 1955- June, 1957

Assistant in Surgery
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

March 25, 1957 appeared Time Magazine article feature “Inside the Heart: Newest Advances in Surgery” Time Magazine March 25, 1957 v. 69(12):66-77
July 1957- June, 1958

Resident Surgeon
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

July 1957- June, 1958 Instructor in Surgery
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
July 1958 daughter, Ellen born
1958 joined the American Medical Association
1958 joined the Oklahoma City Clinical Society
July 1958 Attending Physician in General and Thoracic Surgery
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
Oklahoma City, OK
1958-1961 Assistant Professor of Surgery
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Oklahoma City, OK
January 21, 1959 Case Report: Closure of ASD and correction of anomalous pulmonary vein drainage utilizing total extracorpeal by-pass for stenosis. Of note, because this was the first open heart surgery operation at Children’s Hospital.
May 1959 Board Certified, American Board of Surgery
1959 joined the Oklahoma County Medical Society
October 1959 Board Certified, Board of Thoracic Surgery
1959-1992 Consultant in Surgery
St. Anthony Hospital
Oklahoma City, OK
1959 joined the Oklahoma State Medical Association
1959 joined the Southwest Surgical Congress
1960's
1960 son, George Rainey, Jr. , born
1960 Awarded Markle Scholar in Medical Science

The John and Mary R. Markle Foundation was established in 1927 by John Markle (1858-1933), a mining engineer and a successful businessman who became known nationally as the builder of the Jeddo drainage tunnel, which reclaimed Pennsylvania mines inundated by floods in 1886. Markle and his wife, Mary Estelle Robinson (1863-1927), had no children, and he established the foundation soon after he retired from business in 1926. Until his death in July 1933, Markle was president and treasurer of the Foundation, and over time he endowed it with $15 million.

The Foundation was chartered "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge among the people of the United States and to promote the general good of mankind." Grants, averaging a total of $400,000 annually, went primarily to charities which the Markle’s had previously supported. In addition, the foundation gave money to individuals, including relatives and needy strangers who came to John Markle's attention and in whom he took a personal interest.

The Markle Scholar Program, which was the principal program of the Markle Foundation from 1947 to 1969. Approximately 25 Markle Scholars were chosen each year, and for the next five years they received financial assistance so that they might continue in academic medicine or research rather than enter more lucrative private practice. Over the course of the program, a total of 506 Markle scholars were chosen from 90 medical schools in the U.S. and Canada.

1960 joined the Oklahoma City Surgical Society
1960 joined the Oklahoma Surgical Association
1960 joined the Society of University Surgeons
1961 awarded Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons
1961-1963 Associate Professor of Surgery
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Oklahoma City, OK
1962 elected to the American Association for Thoracic Surgery
1963-1974 Professor and Vice Head, Department of Surgery
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Oklahoma City, OK
1963 elected to the American Surgical Society
November 1, 1964 Landmark Case: 20 year old white male Oklahoma State basketball player and college, was admitted to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center following the amputation of the right upper extremity. After a seven and half hour operation, the severed limb was replanted.
1964 elected to the Southern Surgical Association
1965-1975 Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Oklahoma City, OK
1965 Consultant in Surgery
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oklahoma City, OK
1965 elected to the International Cardiovascular Society
1965 elected to the Society for Vascular Surgery
1966 Courtesy Medical Staff
Presbyterian Hospital
Oklahoma City, OK
1966 received the Shipley Award from the Southern Surgical Association. This prestigious award is presented to the individual who is deemed to have had the best scientific paper presented by a new member at the annual meeting. For his paper, Replantation of Amputed Extremities, later published in the Annals of Surgery, 1966 May;163(5):788-94
1967 elected to the Halsted Society
Named in honor of William S. Halsted Society(originally known as the Halsted Club), the society first met in 1924 with members primarily interested in surgical research.
1968 President, Oklahoma Surgical Association
1968 Elected to the Society of Sigma Xi.
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with a distinguished history of service to science and society. This non-profit society includes nearly 65,000 scientists and engineers, in more than 100 countries, who were elected to membership based on their research achievements or potential. Nearly 200 members have received the Nobel Prize. Sigma Xi chapters, more than 500 in all, can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories and industry research centers throughout North America and around the world. In addition to publishing award-winning American Scientist magazine, Sigma Xi awards hundreds of grants annually to promising student researchers and sponsors a variety of programs that support research ethics, science and engineering education, the public understanding of science, international research networking and the overall health of the research enterprise
1970's
 
1972-1975 Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons,
representing the American Association for Thoracic Surgery
1965-1975 Consulting Medical Staff
Baptist Medical Center
Oklahoma City, OK
1973-1975 Chief of Staff
University Hospital and Clinics
Oklahoma City, OK
1974 elected to the Southern Society of Clinical Surgeons
1974-1975 Examining Member, American Board of Surgery
1974-1978 Treasurer-Editor, Southern Surgical Association
1974-1996 Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Oklahoma City, OK
1974-1976 appointed as the first John A. Schilling Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery in 1974 and held this position until his retirement in May 1996.
1975-1978 Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons,
representing the American Association for Thoracic Surgery
1975-1978 Served on the Board of Directors
Oklahoma County Medical Society
1975-1977 Associate Chief of Staff
University Hospital and Clinics
Oklahoma City, OK
1975-1981 Director, American Board of Surgery
1977 Chief of Staff
University Hospital and Clinics
Oklahoma City, OK
1977-1982 Member of the Advisory Committee of the American Surgical Association
1978 President, Halsted Society
1978-1981 Secretary, Southern Surgical Association
1979-1997 Member, Editorial Board, The American Journal of Surgery
1979-1982 Chairman of the Advisory Membership Committee of the
American Surgical Association
1980's
1981-1984 Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons,
representing the Southern Surgical Association
1981-1982 Interim Dean
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Oklahoma City, OK
May 15, 1982 received the Distinguished Service Citation from the University of Oklahoma

The highest honor conferred by The University of Oklahoma is the Distinguished Service Citation. Selections are based on outstanding leadership and service and are made by an anonymous nominations submitted to The University of Oklahoma Alumni Association.

1982 President, Southern Surgical Association
Presidential Address: A history of appendicitis. With anecdotes illustrating its importance. Ann Surg. 1983 May;197(5):495-506.
1982-1987 Member of the Advisory Committee for General Surgery of the
American College of Surgeons
1983-1984 Committee Chairman of the Advisory Committee for General Surgery of the American College of Surgeons
September 10-22, 1984 The First G. Rainey Williams Surgical Symposium. The symposium was dedicated to Dr. Williams twenty-five years of service, and ten years as chairman of the University of Oklahoma Department of Surgery. The symposium logo depicts the clinical and research interests of Dr. Williams including his contributions to the treatment of congenital cardiac diseases, extremity replantation and reconstruction of complicated extra-hepatic biliary ductal problems. The logo was designed by Robert G. Johnson, M.D., one of the Department of Surgery residents.
1984-1987 Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons,
representing the Southern Surgical Association
1985 membership to the Western Surgical Association
1985-1986 Interim Dean
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Oklahoma City, OK
1985-1987 Secretary, Board of Governors, American College of Surgeons
1986

inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame
Members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame must be a resident of Oklahoma or a former resident of the state; shall have performed outstanding service to humanity, to the state of Oklahoma and to the United States, be known for their public service throughout the state; or the individual may be a person, although not a resident of Oklahoma, who shall be imminently distinguished in their profession or in literature, science, arts/humanities, industry, statesmanship or military affairs, in which their public service shall have brought honor or distinction to Oklahoma or have contributed to the state’s heritage.

1987 Council Chairman, Southern Surgical Association
1988-1989 Interim Dean
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Oklahoma City, OK
1988 Served on the Oklahoma Credentials Committee of the
American College of Surgeons
1988 Phi Beta Kappa of the Year
from the Oklahoma City Phi Beta Kappa Association
1989 Brotherhood Award
from the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews

The National Conference of Christians and Jews is a nationwide ecumenical organization founded in 1928 to advance friendship and cooperation among Protestants, Catholics, and Jews. In its efforts to promote a fair society in which differences are respected and prejudices overcome, the conference helps diverse groups to discover their common ground, and tries to develop the processes and strategies for solutions to areas of conflict.

1989 Edgar W. Young Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Medicine Student Body given to a faculty member for long-term dedication to medical teaching.
1989-1990 First Vice President, American College of Surgeons
1990's  
January 23, 1990 Evening of Excellence Honoree
Honors a research scholar, a physician for distinguished medical service, and an award for distinguished community service
.
1991 Aesculapian Award, Nominee
from the College of Medicine Class of 1991
1991 Elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

To honor the significant accomplishments of men and women who spent part of their careers at Johns Hopkins, the Society of Scholars was created by the board of trustees in May 1967.  The society--the first of its kind in the nation--inducts former postdoctoral fellows and former junior or visiting faculty at Johns Hopkins who have gained marked distinction in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social or engineering sciences or in the humanities and for whom at least five years have elapsed since their last Johns Hopkins affiliation.

April 25, 1991 awarded the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. The Stanton L. Young Master Teaching Award is presented annually to a faculty member in the College of Medicine. The award was established in 1983 by Stanton L. Young, an Oklahoma City businessman. The $10,000 award is one the largest in the nation for medical teaching. Nominations for the award are made by medical students, with the dean of the College of Medicine making the final decision. Candidates are considered for their professional and personal excellence and their ability to serve as an inspiring teacher.
  G. Rainey Williams, M.D., Endowments as a testament to the great regard and affection in which he is held is the success of volunteer-driven campaigns to establish two endowed positions honoring Dr. Williams and his distinguished forty year career at the OU Health Sciences Center.
September 18, 1992 G. Rainey Williams, M.D., Research Professorship enhances the opportunity of top surgical residents to conduct research, enriching the education of generations of future surgeons. Dr. Williams’s former residents funded this position with more than $400,000 in private gifts.
January 4, 1995 The Chair in Surgical Breast Oncology, created through hundreds of gifts, is making an important and continuing contribution to women’s health care. The campaign raised $2 million for the chair. It is currently the largest endowment at the University of Oklahoma.
May 31, 1996 Retired as Chairman of the Department of Surgery
University of Oklahoma
1996-1997 Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Oklahoma City, OK
September 14, 1996 Retirement Dinner
October 15, 1996 Dedication of The G. Rainey Williams Pavilion on the occasion of his retirement and in gratitude for 38 years of devoted service from the University Hospital Authority and the Administration of the University Hospitals
April 20, 1997 the end of an era in medical education, the beloved and highly respected former chairman died in his home at the age of 70 of colon cancer.
September 13, 1997 The First G. Rainey Williams Lecture
presented by Donald R. Carter, M.D.
at the G. Rainey Williams Surgical Symposium
“History of the Department of Surgery”