William Harrison Higgins, Jr. ’37

Dr. William Harrison Higgins, Jr. ’37 died March 10, 2006. He graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy on a destroyer in the Pacific during World War II. He practiced medicine from 1948 to 1986, was an assistant professor of medicine at the Medical College of Virginia, and served as president and chairman of the Richmond Academy of Medicine and as president of the Richmond Heart Association. His civic activities included serving on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for twenty-two years, and as its president from 1972 to 1977; the Board of Governors of the Greater Richmond Community Foundation, and as its president from 1978 to 1985; Planned Parenthood; and the Citizens Advisory Committee on furnishing the Governor’s Mansion. He was a lifelong member of Second Presbyterian Church, and served on its Board of Deacons and Elders. Survivors include his wife, Emily Peyton Higgins, 8 Ellensview Cir., Richmond, Va. 23226, and their three children, W. Harrison Higgins III ’71, Elizabeth A. Higgins, and Emily Higgins Kilvert. He is also survived by seven grandchildren (W. Harrison Higgins IV ’01) , three great-grandchildren; and his brother, Laurance Herrick Higgins. He was preceded by his grandson, Philip Wagener Higgins.