After a lifetime of good works and impressive achievements both around the world and inside of his community, Dr. William Edward “Ed” Hildebrand III has moved on to his next great adventure. He passed away at the age of 71 surrounded by his family on 13 Dec 2017 following a battle with diabetes and kidney failure.
Ed was born in Harrisburg, PA to William E Hildebrand Jr and Myra S Sheffer and spent his youth in Dillsburg, PA where he excelled in both academics and athletics. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in English Literature, competed on the Division I wrestling team, and became a commissioned officer in the US Army through ROTC. Ed served his country honorably as an Airborne Ranger with the 173rd and 101st Airborne Divisions both stateside and while deployed to Vietnam.
After the Army, he moved out to Utah to pursue a career in medicine. Ed attended the U of U Medical School and served his community as an Emergency Room Physician at LDS and IMC Hospitals for 31 years. He was the physician that everyone enjoyed working with because of his humor, storytelling, drive, compassion, and predilection for feeding the staff… especially when things got busy. Though he retired from medicine in 2013 to travel the world and to spend more time fishing at Mesa Falls, he always missed his friends and colleagues at the hospital.
A true renaissance man, Ed was not just a skilled physician, but an avid fly fisherman, outdoorsman, teacher, scholar, linguist, gun smith, soldier, philanthropist, and father.
We honor you, Ed Hildebrand.