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Dr. William H. Vickers, who operated a medical practice in Niagara Falls for more than 35 years and served as chief of medicine at both Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, died Sunday (Sept. 12, 1999) in Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 81.

Vickers, who until the past year spent summers in Youngstown, retired in 1986 and moved to St. Petersburg.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Medical School in Baltimore, Vickers was a battalion surgeon with the 10th Armored Division in Europe during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Medical Badge.

After his Army service, he served a four-year residency in Baltimore City Hospital. He started his internal-medicine practice in Niagara Falls in 1950.

He was a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a past president of the Niagara County Medical Society. He was a member of the New York State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine.

Survivors include his wife, the former Carroll R. Reed of St. Petersburg; a daughter, Louise V. Cadwalader of Lewiston; four sons, William H. III of Dundas, Ont., Timothy M. of Poway, Calif, Mark R. of St. Petersburg and Peter R. of Youngstown; and six grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Tuesday in St. Petersburg. Another memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 in First Presbyterian Church, 506 Cayuga St., Lewiston.


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