Randolph-Macon College’s Society of Alumni has awarded its Distinguished Alumnus
Award to Dr. Harold E. Wilkins ’44 in recognition of the contributions he has made
to society through his career in the field of medicine.
As a student, Dr. Wilkins was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Theta fraternity,
the Franklin Literary Society and served as editor of the Yellow Jacket annual.
He graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1944 with a Bachelor of Science degree
in chemistry. He continued his education at the Medical College of Virginia, earning
his MD degree in 1947.
Dr. Wilkins served in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of major.
He then established his own medical practice in California, specializing in internal
medicine as a cardiologist. In 1977, Dr. Wilkins was elected president of the Board
of Medical Examiners for the state of California and later served as director of
the Federal State of Medical Boards of the USA.
Dr. Wilkins has been extremely supportive of Randolph-Macon College for many years.
In 1987 he established The Inez Wills Wilkins Scholarship Fund in memory of his
mother, and his long-term financial support of the college has earned him recognition
as an R-MC Hezekiah Leigh Fellow.
Dr. Wilkins and his wife Eileen have four children and their grandnephew, Christopher
B. Wilkins ’11, is a current student at R-MC.