On Sunday morning Colonel William John McQueen MD USAF (Ret.) passed away peacefully at his home. He loved his family very much and they loved him more. He will be missed and never forgotten by his wife of 32 years Karen Copas-McQueen; daughters, Kalli Katherine McQueen and Mariana Skye McQueen; and son Sean Robert McQueen (Christy). Bill attended school in Chillicothe, Ohio and graduated Chillicothe High School in 1966. He went on to attend Ohio University, graduating cum laude in 1970 with a major in zoology. In 1972, he was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Neuroanatomy and Physiology at The Ohio State University. Medical School was a destiny as a grandson of Dr B.O. Burkey and a namesake of great-uncle and great-great grandfather Drs. William McQueen. Bill was awarded the degree of Medical Doctor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in 1975. He served as a flight surgeon at Randolph AFB and as a flight surgeon and Otolaryngologist at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska; RAF Lakenheath, England; Travis AFB, Fairfield, California, and retired from Brooks AFB, San Antonio, Texas in 1996 with 21 ½ years of active duty. Continuing his medical career in 1997, Bill became a partner with South Texas ENT Consultants in San Antonio after his Air Force retirement, until he medically retired in 2011. He held membership in Bexar County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, American Society Military Surgeons of the US, American Board of Otolaryngology.
Interment with Full Military Honors in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Donations may be made to the memory of William J. McQueen MD to: St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church (Make notation to GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth Assoc.)), 2504 N St Mary's Street, San Antonio, TX 78212. Mariana is an active member and funds will be used for religious retreats and youth activities for all. Donations may also be made to The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (curemeso.org), 1317 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314. Donations will used to fund the highest quality and most promising research projects through rigorous peer reviewed studies. The foundation has helped Bill immensely with finding and guiding us to the best life-saving treatments as they do for vast community of mesothelioma-afflicted families.