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In Memory of Wil Alexander

Dr. Alexander founded the Center for Spiritual Life and Wholeness in 1996 (with Dr. Carla Gober-Park as his Associate Director who became Director in 2005) with the goal of developing the art and science of whole person care, a concept he introduced to the Loma Linda University health campus in 1973. Through the years, Wil’s impact has been far-reaching and steadfast, even attending rounds up until the last months of his life. At 95 years old, Wil never wavered in his call to ensure that all health caregivers and students understood the power of connecting to the patient’s whole story. His legacy lives on in the lives of those he taught and through the Center he lovingly founded.  The word, “innerweave” was one of his favorite words because it captured how he “wove” together the various strands of medicine and healthcare, using Family Medicine as the clinical setting where ideas were tested.  Recently, the Center ensured that Wil’s legacy would forever be documented through a film on Wil’s life and work called A Certain Kind of Light. The film details Wil’s work and how others on campus are continuing to teach whole person care to the next generation of caregivers. His legacy has been further established by the CLEAR Whole Person Care Model, a model based on the power of story to change lives.

Wil lived his life according to the phrase, “Soli Deo Gloria” (To God be the Glory). He was also known for asking those whom he encountered, “What are you famous for?” We are confident that for Wil’s life, the answer would be, “To care for the whole story.”

 
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