Class of 1958 (Orthodontics)



Dr. William WiseDr. William Joseph Wise, a resident of Rockwall, Texas, passed away on Jan. 14, 2017 in Dallas. He was 86.

Dr. Wise was born on Jan. 11, 1931 to Laura Manning Wise and Rogers Croswell Wise in Greenville, Texas. He received his DDS from Baylor University College of Dentistry in 1954 and joined the U.S. Public Health Service as a first lieutenant in 1956, serving as an assistant dental surgeon. He received his orthodontics certification at the UW. He was awarded the Milo Hellman Award in 1958 for his research on heredity and the craniofacial complex at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He began his private orthodontics practice that year in Dallas, where he quickly became one of the area’s premier orthodontists and practiced for more than 50 years. He was one of the founding faculty members of Baylor’s graduate orthodontics program and served as a clinical instructor from 1960 to 1975.

Dr. Wise is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ruthanne; four children; five stepchildren; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and great friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Helen Virginia Lacy. (Legacy)