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Wittson, Cecil L.



Cecil L. Wittson, M.D., was born on January 14, 1907 in Camden South Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina in 1927, and the degree Doctor of Medicine in 1931. Wittson interned at Roper Hospital in Charleston from 1931 to 1932 then held various posts at Central Islip State Hospital in New York. He received post graduate training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in psychiatry and neurology from 1935 to 1938. In 1948, Wittson received certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. During World War II, Wittson rose to the rank of Commander in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve, serving from 1940 to 1946.

After World War II, he came to Nebraska where he became director of the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute in 1950 and held the position until 1964. In 1964 Wittson was named Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He became President of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1969, and in 1971 was named Chancellor of the institution. He retired in 1972 and became Chancellor Emeritus.

After his tenure at UNMC, Wittson he served as Director of Medical Programs with Henningson, Durham, & Richardson Consulting Architects and Engineers, in Omaha. In 1981, he retired to his native South Carolina. In 1985, he moved to Lakeland, Florida.

Dr. Wittson died at the age of 82, on October 10, 1989, in Lakeland, Florida.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Cecil L. Wittson Collection

Identifier: MS-079
Scope and Content

The Cecil L. Wittson collection comprises material created by and about Dr. Cecil L. Wittson. The collection contains correspondence, oral history interview transcript, article reprints, news clippings, and photographs.

Dates: 1934-1993

Cecil L. Wittson Interview, 1979

Scope and Contents

Oral history inteview: audio cassette, digital file of the recording, and a transcript. The interview discusses the administration of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in the mid-twentieth century.

Dates: Majority of material found in 1979

Cecil Wittson Interview, 1980s

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview: digital file of the interivew video and a transcript. The interview dicusses the history of the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute.

Dates: Majority of material found in 1980s

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Archival Object 2
Collection 1
Education, Medical 1
Hospitals -- Psychiatric 1
Psychiatry 1
Schools, Medical 1
University of Nebraska Medical Center -- Administration 1