Wesley M Oler was born on March 8, 1918, in New York to Imogene Mary Rubel, age 23, and Wesley Marion Oler, age 26. In Rye his family lived at 275 Boston Post Road and were members of Christ's Church.
He was a native of New York and graduated from Yale with a degree in French. He received a medical degree from Columbia University and interned and did his residency at Bellevue Hospital. He was a fellow in gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Wesley served as an officer in the Army Medical Corps in the Philippines during World War II and in Japan after the war. He served from 7 Oct 1944 until his honorable discharge on 12 Dec 1947.
Lieut. Wesley Oler, Jr. Joins Paratroopers as Paradoctor
Lieut. Wesley Oler, Jr., U. S. Army
Medical Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Wesley Oler, Sussex Gardens, has
volunteered as a paradoctor with the
paratroops and is now at Fort Benning, Ga. Lieut. Oler received his
M.D. from the College of Physicians
and Surgeons at Columbia University
and then served as interne at Bellevue, later taking a special course at
the Walter Reed Hospital
After the war, Wesley lived at Maplewood Park Place in Bethesda, MD was the personal physician of former defense secretary and attorney Clark Clifford. He testified about Clifford's health after the lawyer's 1992 indictment on charges of misleading banking officials. The charges were later dropped.
Wesley was a clinical professor at Georgetown University medical school, where he taught for nearly 40 years. He was vice chairman of the medical department, vice president of the medical board and trustee at Washington Hospital Center.
He practiced in Washington from 1952 until 1993, when he resigned from his group practice. He did so after Washington employees of Time Inc. objected to his manner of administering their annual flu shots. Wesley sterilized and reused several needles after he ran out of disposable syringes, a medical practice no longer condoned.
Wesley was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a governor of its D.C. chapter, which gave him its John F. Maher Memorial Laureate Award. In 1994, Georgetown University established an educational fund for medical residents in his honor. The university also gave him its Vicennial Medal and an award for outstanding teaching.
He was a member of the American Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the American and D.C. societies of internal medicine. He was president of the Osler Society of Washington and chairman of the peer review committees of the National Capital Medical Foundation and D.C. Medical Society.
A musician and singer who played old instruments, Wesley was active in organizations devoted to ancient music. He was president of the Washington Recorder Society and a member of the Galpin Society and the boards of the Dolmetsch Foundation and American Recorder Society. He sang with choral organizations that included the Augmented Eight barbershop group.
He was also a member of the Chevy Chase, Metropolitan and Cosmos clubs, Friends of Music at Yale and the board of directors of Mensa.
Wesley M. Oler III, 80, an internist who practiced in Washington for more than 40 years, died July 7, 1998 at Georgetown University Hospital. He had a kidney ailment.
Survivors included his wife of 47 years, Virginia Craemer Oler of Bethesda; two sons, Wesley Marion Oler of Greenwich, Conn., and Stephen Scott Oler of Wellesley, Mass. .He was also survived by two brothers: William H. Oler and the Reverend Clarke K. Oler and by four grandchildren.. A daughter, Helen Louise Oler, died in 1953.