Kentucky Wesleyan graduate to present annual Ellie Magnuson Lecture

Owensboro, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2017) – Dr. Douglas Wilson, an ophthalmologist from Columbus, Ind., will present the annual Ellie Magnuson Lecture in Literature and Science on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Rogers Hall at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Dr. Wilson has a passion for writing about the national pastime and will speak on “American Culture through the Literature of Baseball.”

A 1983 graduate of the College, he attended Kentucky Wesleyan as a James Graham Brown Scholar and graduated with a B.S. in physics. Dr. Wilson attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His wife, Kathy, graduated from the Kentucky Wesleyan nursing program in 1984. They have raised three children, two of whom, Benjamin ’09 and Matthew ’13, graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan with degrees in chemistry before attending medical school. Dr. Wilson played baseball as an undergraduate. He has published four books on the sport, two of which were named finalists for national best baseball book of the year awards. He has spoken at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville. He writes at and is a regular contributor to the Sport in American History website.

The Ellie Magnuson Lectures in Literature and Science honor the memory of Ellie Magnuson (1937-1989), a medical technologist with a passion for English literature, history and travel.