Willard B. Jolls


Buffalo Courier-Express, October 12, 1963
Dr. Jolls, 93, Dies, Retired Physician
Dr. Willard B. Jolls, 93, who was a general practitioner in Orchard Park for 65 years, died Friday in Mercy Hospital after an illness of several days.

Dr. Jolls, who retired in 1960, opened his practice in Orchard Park in 1895 when the community had only 350 residents. He lived at 19 S. Buffalo St., next to the Municipal Building, the site of which was donated by him.

He was born in Dayton, Cattaraugus County, of Quaker parents. In 1895, he was graduated from the University of Buffalo Medical School, where he returned in 1918 to study public health problems. He was Orchard Park health officer for many years and in the 1930s was a vigorous proponent for improved sanitary conditions which led to the community's modern sanitation system.

Dr. Jolls, who delivered more than 1,200 babies during his long career, was a man of many interests. He was a skilled musician and was a member of the American Guild of Organists. For 25 years, he was the contributor of a weekly health column to the Orchard Park Press.

In March 1958, the community of Orchard Park proclaimed 'Dr. and Mrs. Williard B. Jolls Week.' However, his wife, Mrs. Ida C. Jolls, died March 4, 1958, a few hours before a testimonial dinner was to be given in their honor.

A memorial service will be held at 2 Monday afternoon in the Brown Funeral Home, 56 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park. Levinus K. Painter, a Society of Friends speaker, will address the service.

There are no immediate survivors.