William Lang Perdue II 1949 - 2010 Topeka
Funeral services for Dr. William Lang Perdue II, M.D., 60, Topeka, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Topeka. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery in Lawrence.
Dr. Perdue died Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Topeka after a nine-year battle with cancer.
He was born on Oct. 19, 1949, in Topeka, the son of William Lang and Margaret O’Neil Archer Perdue. He graduated from Topeka West High School in 1967.
He graduated from Kansas University magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and English in 1971, with membership in Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. He graduated from the KU School of Medicine in 1974. He completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Utah in 1980.
After practicing one year in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he returned to Topeka, first in group practice with Drs. Ben Powell and Eugene Sherwood from 1981 until 1990 and then solo practice from 1990 until 1999. He was an assistant clinical professor of surgery for the KU School of Medicine from 1983 until 1999. He was employed by the Scott & White Clinic in College Station, Texas, from 1999 until 2005. He was an assistant professor of surgery at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, winning a teaching award in 2005. He returned to Topeka in 2005, joining the Cotton-O’Neil Clinic. He retired from the practice of surgery shortly before his death.
He was a member of the American Medical Association and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. He was twice chairman of the ACS Community Cancer Program at St. Francis Hospital.
He had a lifelong interest in history. He was a Civil War re-enactor and provided historical lectures on military and medical history to schools and civic groups. He was a founding member of the Northeast Kansas Civil War Roundtable. He was an avid sailor and while in Topeka was a member of the Shawnee Yacht Club from 1966 until 1998.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an older sister, Lise Lynn, who died at age 8.
Survivors include his wife, Sheri Cree Perdue; four sons, William Lang III, of the home, Christopher, of Salina, Benjamin, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Jim Lewis and wife Holly, of Lawrence; a daughter, Josette Wallerstedt and husband Matt, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Stacy A. Lowe and husband Tim, of Topeka; and three grandchildren, Laurent and Tim Lewis, and Cal Wallerstedt.
The family suggests memorials to Midland Hospice Care, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606 or Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. Eighth St., Topeka, KS 66606.
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