Dr. Wesley Wallace Washburn Jr.

August 15, 1924July 28, 2010

Wesley Wallace Washburn, M.D., Jr. born August 15, 1924, went to be with his parents and brother on July 28, 2010. He was a scholar of education and medicine; he attended Poly Prep as a young man. Wesley was a member of the United States Armed Forces Army Branch inducted in Boston, Mass. Upon honorable discharge attended Amherst College, after graduation he went to Long Island School of Medicine in N.Y. He moved to Brussels, Belgium where he worked in transplant research. He later went to Yale and then Harvard School of Dentistry in Boston, and then Galveston University of Texas Medical Branch where he worked under the direction of Truman Blocker, M.D. to complete his residency. He held degrees in biology, dentistry and a Masters in Experimental Embryology. Upon completion of his education he moved to Beaumont, Texas where he started his personal practice as the first plastic surgeon in Beaumont. He was a member of the Texas Medical Association.

In 1964 married Lulu L. Smith, M.D., his loving wife and light of his life. Wesley became a collector of arts and antiques, wines, oriental rugs and was a lover of guns and taught gun smithing in Colorado. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, tennis and traveling with friends. He was a contributor to many charities over the years.

Upon retiring Wesley began taking classes at Lamar University where he earned an Associates degree in Machine Tools. He said “to succeed in life one must gain a sense of accomplishment, give something back to society, do something that takes your mind off your worries and stay active mentally and physically”.

Wesley was preceded in death by his parents, Eleanor Wilson Washburn and Wesley Wallace Washburn, Sr. as well as his brother, Gordon Wilson Washburn. He is survived by his wife, Lulu L. Smith Washburn, M.D.; daughter, Liz E. Ford and husband Troy of Sioux City, Iowa; his four legged sweetie pie, Maxie; nephew, Gordon Washburn and wife Sonia of Houston, Texas; his angels, Maria, Cindy, Geanie, Norma, Mammie, Carolyn, Stephanie, Brenda and Dusty.

Visitation will take place Friday, July 30, 2010 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. in the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow in the Garden of Remembrance, Forest Lawn Memorial Park.



  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 31, 2010
  • Visitation Friday, July 30, 2010


  • Burial

Dr. Wesley Wallace Washburn Jr.

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Tracy Reed

May 25, 2011

Dr. Washburn helped me to have a better life. My gratitude continues to this day, 20+ years later. I will never forget him.

Clara Touchet

January 23, 2011

Dear Dr. Smith,

My mother (Joedna) told me of your loss. The night that I was delivered to Baptist Hospital ER, and into Dr. Washburn's care, was one of the worst and one of the luckiest. My attacker ruined my face, and Dr. Washburn and God salvaged it -- very nicely. I remember not only Dr. Washburn's pricelessly gruff exterior, but also, at a follow-up visit, when I learned that my 23rd year would be spent gradually getting back to normal, that he set down his cigar on the edge of the countertop and gave me a hug of encouragement -- as did his nurse. I was a pretty big mess when he got my case. I am very fortunate to have received such excellent care, and from one heckuva nice guy. Thanks to you and your family for your respective parts in his success! Dr. Washburn's skill made a huge difference in my life.

Cathy Scollard-Schuett

August 4, 2010

My thoughts our with you Liz. I just learned about this. I know how hard this is for you..

Charles Thacker

August 4, 2010

Wes had a vibrant view of life and knowing him helped me appreciate life more as I grew up. He was always a good friend and neighbor to my family. He is someone I will always remember.

Ann Ross

August 4, 2010

To Wes' Family,

I am writing on behalf of my father, Frank Dibble, class of '46. We extend our condolences to you at this sad time. Your web pictures and information were wonderful. They portrayed your Dad and family in such a meaningful and touching way. We are so sorry for your loss.

Frank Dibble Class of '46 and Family (daughter Ann, David and Sandy (also and Amherst alumni class of '70)

August 3, 2010

Hi Liz,

You have our deepest sympathies. You were so wonderful when my mom passed. We are thinking of you.

Steve Kilstrom and family

Maria Desormeaux

August 1, 2010

I have been here for almost five years taking care of your Dad. I feel very honored to have been able to take care of a man of his stature. We have grown so close over the years that we are like sisters and he as my closest friend. I will always be here for you and will take care of Dr. Smith and Maxie just like I promised him. I know we all miss him very much. He will always be in my heart. I know you are very proud to have such a wonderful Dad.He touched the lives of so many. I love you and your family very much.

August 1, 2010

Dr. Smith
Your Wes was a wonderfully opinionated and witty man. Anyone who ever shared a banquet table with him went away charmed and happy to have been in his company if only for an evening. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Paula Bothe

Will Lyons

August 1, 2010

Our condolences to Lulu and family. Dr. Washburn will be fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure of meeting such a remarkable man.

July 31, 2010

Liz as always you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your father will be forever with you in your heart. Lean on God for help and he will see you through. A friend always, Peg Allen Salix, Ia