NEW DELHI: Noted educationist Anil Wilson, whose name became synonymous with Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College which he headed for well over 15 years, passed away on Thursday. He was 62.
Dr. Wilson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over a year ago. The end came around 10 a.m. at his Delhi residence in Mukund Apartments on Civil Lines. He is survived by his educationist wife Rita Wilson, son Amit Wilson and daughter Aparna Wilson. He was buried on Thursday evening. A large number of college alumni and colleagues attended the service.Dr. Wilson joined St. Stephen’s College as Principal in 1991. He headed the institute for over 15 years and taught English. Later he became the Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, but resigned from the post. He then joined a private university in Gurgaon, but left it soon after.
Remembering Dr. Wilson, his former student and faculty member at St. Stephen’s Pankaj Mishra said the college witnessed its “golden era” when he was at the helm of the institution.
“Dr. Wilson was a very warm and jovial personality. He would go out of his way to help students. He knew all the students by name,” he added.
Staff Correspondent in Shimla adds: Himachal Governor Prabha Rau and Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal have expressed grief over the demise of Dr. Wilson.
They said the services rendered by Dr. Wilson as Vice-Chancellor of Himachal University and as head of other renowned educational institutions in the country would always be remembered.
Dr. Wilson was also on the Board of Governors of Bishop Cotton School here and taught for a long time at the Government College in Shimla. Both institutions organised condolence meetings.