Frieda Wilhelm

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Doctor FRIEDA WILHELM of Little Rock, passed away on June 11 at the age of 101 years. She was born on Oct. 15, 1908 in North Little Rock. Frieda was a true pioneer by being one of the very early women graduates of the University of Arkansas School of Medicine. She graduated from medical school in 1943, performed her internship in Baltimore and finishing her residency in internal medicine in Houston. Frieda served in private practice for a number of years before entering the Veterans Administration Hospital System and served in various capacities at VA Hospitals in Shreveport, La. and McKinney, Texas. She retired from the VA System in Dallas in 1979 where she held the position of Director of Outpatient Services. Frieda received many awards and honors for her caring service to our war veterans. Dr. Wilhelm's family immigrated to this country form Switzerland in the 1880's and is survived by her nephew David Gruenewald of Little Rock and by numerous cousins in the Central Arkansas area. She was preceded in death by her sister Emma Wilhelm Gruenewald, parents Oscar and Bertha Wilhelm and brother-in-law Felix Gruenewald all of North Little Rock. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in North Little Rock. After retiring from her years in medicine, she was very active in the Pilot Club, a service organization, and performed volunteer work in Dallas. Frieda loved to travel and made trips to Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. One of her most memorable trips was with her nephew to Switzerland to visit relatives who remain there. Frieda was a staunch Razorback fan. At an advanced age, she traveled to Little Rock and Fayetteville to attend games until as recently as five years ago. Funeral arrangements are being made by Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday. A graveside service will held at 11 a.m. Tuesday June 11, 2010 at Roselawn Cemetery in Little Rock. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in North Little Rock. Visit our website at

Published June 13, 2010

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