Dr. Joseph Leyburn Wilkerson(1913-2001) received
Taiwanese-American Foundation (TAF) 1995 Special Contribution
Award on November 25th, 1995.
Joseph Wilkerson was born in East Durham, North Carolina in
1913. He received his Medical degree from Virginia University.
He was a resident physician at Toledo General Hospital, Toledo,
Ohio and a doctor serving US Navy Marines during World War II.
He became a Presbyterian missionary in 1947 and married Evelyn
Estelle Isenhour in 1948.
couple went to Beijing and Chekiang where Dr. Wilkerson was a
missionary doctor. He went to Taiwan to work as a missionary
doctor in Pingtung Christian Hospital, then in Chiayi, later in
Puli Christian Hospital, and lastly joined Changhua Christian
Hospital in 1954. He served at Changhua Christian Hospital for
25 years as Director of surgery and Vice President, and retired
in 1980 and returned to the US.
He has loved Taiwan more than ordinary Taiwanese, and has
offered his whole life to his foreign country - Taiwan for
twenty-seven years. He is humble and honest, and always shows
the highest morality and medical ethics. Besides providing free
medical services to the poor, he also collects donations for
them. He devoted himself to the mountain villages and
aborigines, and offered free medical care to them, especially to
children who were stricken with paralysis. During his missionary
service, he also trained many young Taiwanese doctors.