William R. Wisman, MD

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Posted on: November 14, 2023

Dr. William Robert (Bob) Wisman, 94, of Roanoke passed away on October 29, 2023 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

He was born January 4, 1929, in Saumsville, VA, son of the late Ernest and Erva Peer Wisman.

Bob graduated from Edinburg High School in 1946 and earned a B.A. degree in Biology from Virginia Tech in 1951, where he was a member of the cadet corps and track team. Upon completion of U.S. Air Force Training, he enrolled in medical school at the University of Virginia earning his medical degree in 1959. He went on to complete postgraduate work at the University of Kansas, then returned to Roanoke and joined the Ob/Gyn practice of Dr. Duvahl Ridgeway-Hull. After Dr. Hull’s retirement, he continued to practice until 2018.

A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Wisman served on the hospital board in Roanoke and intermittently traveled to rural hospitals in southwestern Virginia to fill-in for doctors. He was also a member of the Roanoke Country Club.

A lifelong sports fan (mostly Hokies), Bob grew up playing baseball and basketball, ran sprints on the VT track team, and participated in numerous golf and bowling tournaments in the Roanoke area. His skills and competitiveness won him many awards and trophies. He also possessed fondness for and success at “games of chance” and enjoyed trips to Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Charles Town and the Greenbrier to try his luck!

Pre-deceased by his parents and brother, Dr. Douglas Peer Wisman, he is survived by his nieces and nephews, Scott Wisman (Barbara) of West Grove, PA, Ellen Wisman Dandridge of Glen Allen, VA, David Wisman (MJ) of Raphine, VA and Laura Wisman of Edinburg, VA; great-nieces and nephews, Jennifer DiNola (Brian), Michael Wisman (Hope), Kaitlin Dandridge, Michael Dandridge (Kelsey) and Grace Wisman; great-great-niece and nephews, Kelsey DiNola, Grant DiNola, and Cayden Dandridge; dear cousin, Rebecca Feller of Maurertown, VA; close friend and long-time office manager, Michelle Mowles and special friend Mary Jane Gardiner.