- School of Public Health John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award (1990)
Dr. George T. Wilson was active in the recreation field and, among other leadership responsibilities, served as President of the American Association for Leisure and Recreation (AALR, a predecessor association of AAPAR). He was involved in many projects throughout his life such as pioneering the development of the Waukesha County Wisconsin park system, Milwaukee Public Schools Oak Ridge Farm, as well as the Marquette Helfaer Center and Summerfest. Dr. Wilson was active in outdoor education and camping and founded the Milwaukee Family Camping Association. Toward the end of his career, he assisted with the formation of the Oconomowoc Area Senior Center at Shorehaven.
Dr. Wilson earned his master’s degree from Marquette University and his Ph.D. from Indiana University. He was a widely known innovator, author, and lecturer in outdoor education, community recreation programs for individuals with disabilities, community use of schools, and recreation administration. He was also a pioneer in the field of leisure counseling.
Dr. Wilson received the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation John R. Endwright Alumni Service Award in 1990.