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Dr. William V. Lorimer, Jr.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On December 9, 2017 @ 3:54 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 23 Comments

Dr William (Bill) V. Lorimer, Jr, a much-loved husband, father, and physician to the Durham community, left this world on Thursday afternoon at home in Cary, North Carolina. He was 71.
Bill’s death came after a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer. The sun shone brightly as he crossed into heaven. He leaves behind his wife of 46 years Marcia Sciretta Lorimer, his sons Stephen William Lorimer of London, England and David Pearson Lorimer of Durham, sisters Judith Pearson Lorimer of Perry, OH and Robyn Ann Lorimer of Tampa, FL, special cousin Janice Wootton of Lawrenceville, GA, and many extended family members. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William V. Lorimer, Sr and Marjorie Nitze Lorimer.
He was born on March 7, 1946 in Portsmouth, Virginia at the end of his father’s service in the Coast Guard and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. His undergraduate degree was from Rice University after which he attended Mount Sinai Medical School in New York where he met Marcia who was a nursing student at Mount Sinai School of Nursing. They married on June 12, 1971 in Moorestown, NJ.
Bill completed his post graduate internal medicine training at Montefiore Medical Center and Mount Sinai, after which he completed a fellowship in Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He was awarded a National Library of Medicine grant and a prestigious career development award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to support his fellowship and research activities. His area of expertise concerned the effect of asbestos exposure on individuals who performed brake lining. In addition to his medical work during this time, he was proud to say that he ran and completed the New York City Marathon twice. In 1980, Bill decided that he missed the interaction of seeing patients on a daily basis. He was recruited for a position at a National Health Service clinic in Chatham, Virginia, filling a great need for care in rural Pittsylvania County. He relocated to North Carolina in 1992 as a partner at Central Internal Medicine in Durham until its closing in 2009. In addition to his practice, Bill became the medical director and attending physician at several nursing homes and held an attending staff position at Duke Regional Hospital. At the time of his diagnosis, he was semi-retired and an attending physician at Carver Living Center in Durham. He loved caring for the elderly.
His three loves outside of work and family were singing in choir at church, sailing his Beneteau First 21, and caring for his cats. In his semi-retirement, he decided to write a hymn, which he started before his diagnosis and completed during his treatment. The hymn, “A Christian in Community”, was sung by the Chancel Choir and congregation at the December 3 Sunday service at his beloved First Presbyterian Church, Durham. It was streamed to him live and it gave him great joy. He learned his love of sailing in the children’s summer camps owned and operated by three generations of his family in Ohio. He found great peace and tranquility while sailing and in interacting with his cats, Harleigh and Oreo.
The Lorimer family sends a special thank you to all of Bill’s medical, nursing, and hospice providers at Duke for their support and care. A thank you is also extended to Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory for the arrangements.
A memorial service in celebration of Bill’s life will be held for him on February 10, 2018 at 3 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E Main St, Durham, NC 27701. The family requests that memorial donations be made to First Presbyterian in lieu of flowers. Before then, a brief interment service will be held in the Memorial Garden at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, December 17, shortly after the 11 am Sunday church service of Lessons & Carols ends. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory.

Condolences for the family of “Dr. William V. Lorimer, Jr.”

Condolence from Cheryl Belcher on December 9th, 2017 5:38 pm

Marcia, my sincerest condolences for you and your family in the loss of your beloved husband and father. May God bring you peace and support during this difficult time.

Condolence from Jenni Mika on December 9th, 2017 8:21 pm

I am so sorry to hear this. They lived next door to us in Danville in Windsor Heights and were always such nice people. Especially to my Nana when she came home from Duke after her valve replacement. My family and I have fond memories of our times spent on Winston Court. Please know that the entire Lorimer family is in our hearts and prayers.

Condolence from Harte and Debi Whittle on December 10th, 2017 8:51 am

We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was always such a kind, gentle, and considerate person.

Condolence from Janice Steff on December 10th, 2017 9:24 am

My condolences to you Marcia and your family. May you find peace and comfort with all of your memories. Bill will live on through his beloved kitties.

Condolence from Mala Ananthan on December 10th, 2017 9:32 pm

M y deepest condolence to Dr. Lorimer’s family. He has been my collaborating physician since 2013 when I graduated as a brand new NP. He was a great mentor to me . I worked with him at Pettigrew and Carver. He loves sharing his knowledge especially after returning from AMDA conference. He updates me with the latest Information. Will miss him dearly.
Mala Ananthan NP

Condolence from Chrissy Sanford on December 11th, 2017 5:33 pm

Dear Marcia and family,
So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. Sounds like he was a great husband, father, physician, and overall wonderful person. Looks like he truly left his mark on the world. How comforting for y’all.

Condolence from Jane Siegfried on December 11th, 2017 6:26 pm

Marcia, Steven and David. I pray for your strength for this moment in sadness and the courage to remember your fathers love. May you find peace in each other and from those around you.

Condolence from Robin on December 11th, 2017 7:30 pm

Dear Marcia, Stephen and David
I am stunned to read the news of Bill’s passing. I am so very sorry. You guys are an awesome family and were such wonderful neighbors to my parents in Forest Hills.
Please accept my deepest sympathy. Bill was a good man who cared for all people and a loving father. He will surely be missed.
Love and prayers to you all.
Robin Godwin

Condolence from Kristi Coe on December 11th, 2017 8:11 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Bill dying. It seemed he really loved life and made the most of it.
He went way before his time was due.

Condolence from Frank and Teresa on December 12th, 2017 5:24 am

Dr Lorimer was a sweet,caring doctor t

Condolence from Teresa Browning on December 12th, 2017 5:27 am

Dr Lorimer was a loving,caring doctor that truly care for all aspects of his patients.MY he rest in Peace in God’s garden.May the Lord be with you during this time.

Condolence from David Bowersox on December 12th, 2017 9:32 am

Marcia, I am so terribly sorry for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.
Dave Bowersox

Condolence from Robyn on December 12th, 2017 12:52 pm

Such a great brother! He did so much for all him family and friends! IRIP love you everyday

Condolence from Heidi White, MD on December 12th, 2017 9:08 pm

Dear Marcia and Lorimer family,

Bill was an amazing and inspirational colleague. He was devoted to help the ‘least of these,’ the people who might seem small and insignificant to others. He was at every AMDA The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine meeting regional and national. He supported the HOPE program when it got started at Duke University Hospital in Sept 2013, rarely missing a monthly meeting. He wanted to see better care processes in place for folks who need skilled nursing care in nursing homes. He came to discuss being a nursing home medical director with geriatric medicine fellows when we asked him to share his real world experiences. I remember him telling me of how his church community was gathering around him in the face of his illness. I am especially happy to hear about his ability to write a hymn and hear it performed prior to his passing. My deepest condolences. I will miss him.

Condolence from Joanne Mackey-Benson on December 13th, 2017 3:28 pm

Marcia, So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. May you be comforted by all the wonderful memories and the prayers that are offered. You and your family will be remembered in my prayers.
Joanne Mackey-Benson

Condolence from Sheila & Henry Jacobs on December 14th, 2017 4:08 pm

Marcia, I was so saddened to learn of Bill’s passing but realize that he is at peace. My memories of Bill are of a young man entering medical school and eager to begin his career as a physician. He was always kind, compassionate, thoughtful, and giving to all around him. This was a trait he would carry with him for the remainder of his life. He became an admired, dedicated, and beloved doctor to all his friends and patients. He will be tremendously missed. However, he will be remembered by all who m.lwere privileged to have been touched by him.

Condolence from Ann Mosher on December 15th, 2017 4:33 pm

Marcia, I am so sorry that Bill passed away. Such a loss. My most sincere condolences to you, Stephen, and David.
Ann Mosher

Condolence from Tina Vassar on December 16th, 2017 3:04 pm

I was so surprised and greatly saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. I will always remember his wonderful sense of humor, great laugh, and welcoming feel you both have in your home. He loved his family so much. That same love of medicine and his patients really made him special. My thoughts are with you, the boys, and all your family. God be with you all! This year Bill will be spending Christmas with Jesus! May this thought bring you comfort.!

Condolence from Marilyn Oermann on December 20th, 2017 12:36 pm

Dear Marcia, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. My sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Marilyn Oermann

Condolence from Chuck Vacchiano on December 20th, 2017 3:13 pm

I was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of your husband. I offer my sincerest condolences to you and your family. If I can be of any assistance to you now or in the future please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be forever thankful for your friendship as I transitioned to DUSON in 2008.
Chuck Vacchiano

Condolence from Linda Lindsey Davis on December 20th, 2017 3:14 pm

Dear Marcia and Family,
My sincere best wishes for you in this loss. It was in reading Bill’s obituary, I realized his many generous and significant contributions to American health care! You must be so very proud of him.

Condolence from Frank Titch on December 20th, 2017 4:29 pm

Dear Marcia,
I’m so very sorry to hear this news and I extend my condolences to you and your family. My you find peace and comfort. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Frank Titch

Condolence from Donna Whittaker on February 3rd, 2018 10:17 pm


You have been on my mind lately and I’ve been hoping stress hadn’t affected your health too much. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Hugs and prayers,
Donna Whittaker

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