Dr. Wilcox in January 2010.

The UNC Health Sciences Library plans to rename its Historical Collections Reading Room as “The Benson Reid Wilcox Historical Collections Reading Room” in recognition of Dr. Benson Wilcox.

Dr. Wilcox, a heart surgeon and UNC School of Medicine graduate, served 29 years as chief of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He died May 11, 2010, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He had a longtime interest in medical history and rare books, and supported the Health Sciences Library by donating a large collection of rare medical books and supporting the library financially. He had been an active member of the library’s Board of Visitors since 1995.

The renaming was approved by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) Board of Trustees during their July 22, 2010 meeting. Read more here.