DR. WILLIAM PERRIN NICOLSON, M. D.
Dr. Nicolson was born in Middlesex County, Virginia, February 4, 1857. His
family was one of the foremost in the state, rich in the chivalry and hospitality of the
South, careful of the education of their son, and instilling in him those qualities and
principles which have gone with him through life and laid the foundation of character,
upon which this hearty, whole-souled man built the edifice of his future greatness.
Dr. Nicolson first acquired the essentials of a broad and liberal education by
earnest and faithful stud}' at the University Private School of Virginia, finishing his
literary education in that institution well equipped for the stud}'of the great profession
to which he aspired.
Strong in physique, bouyant in hope, and full of ambition to achieve, he entered
the Medical Department of the University of Virginia and began the study of medicine.
with that spirit of earnestness, which is characteristic of all his efforts and undertak¬
ings. Prom the da}' of his entrance into the college, his particular aptness, the quick¬
ness of his intellect, the mastery of all the branches of study, placed him immediately in
the front rank as a student, and his instructors at once saw for him the rosy promise of
a great future.
After graduating, he served two years in the City Hospital of Richmond. At the
close of which, his efficiency as a teacher, physician and surgeon had already become
known to the medical profession, and he was offered the chair of Anatomy and
Clinical Surgery in the Southern Medical College, accepting the position in October,
1879. and has served the institution since in the various capacities of teacher, dean of
the faculty, president of the faculty, and upon its consolidation with the College of
Physicians and Surgeons, became vice-president of the same, which position he held till
his resignation in 1910.
Dr. Nicolson has filled many important positions during his residence in .Atlanta,
for many years surgeon to a number of railroads, surgeon to Grady Hospital, Wesley
Memorial Hospital, Professor of .Anatomy and Oral Surgery and President of the
Faculty of the Southern Dental College for twenty-three years, which position he still
holds, President of the Atlanta Society of Medicine, President of the Medical Associa¬
tion of Georgia, Vice-President of the Southern Surgical and Gynecological Associa¬
tion, Medical Director of the Cosmopolitan Insurance Co.
This bus\' and competent man has, from the start of his career, enjoyed one of the
largest general practices in the South, recently he has limited his practice to that of
Dr. Nicolson was happily married in 1891 to Miss Carolyn Crane, to which happy
union were born three children, one girl and two boys, the eldest graduating from the
University of Georgia this session and following the example and precepts of his fath¬
er, begins the study of general medicine in the fall.
Dr. Nicolson's name stands among the foremost surgeons of the South, and his
efficiency, together with his kind and courteous manners, has endeared him to thou¬
sands, and most of all, to his students, who know him to be the prince of good fellows.