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Mary Calanthe Wilson-Pant February 3, 1957 - August 9, 2021

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Dr. Mary Calanthe Wilson-Pant was born in Fort Benton, MT on February 3, 1957 to Dola Wilson,Jr and Myrl Mary Morris Wilson.
She attended grade school in Fort Benton and Junior and Senior High School in Great Falls, MT. The Wilson family loved and owned horses during this time and she became an accomplished rider and participated in the summer wagon train rides and Presbyterian Youth Group pack trip retreats.  It was while attending high school, where there were six “Mary’s” in her class, that she switched to her middle name, Calanthe. Many years later her name became “Dr. Cal”.  She belonged to the National Honors Society at Great Falls High School and was Worthy Advisor for the local Rainbow Chapter. During her Senior summer break she won a scholarship to McLaughlin Research Institute to assist in cancer research.  She chose Bowdoin College in Maine for her undergraduate education and graduated in biochemistry. Throughout her working years she praised the quality of education Bowdoin provided.  Returning to Montana from Maine, Calanthe attended medical school at the University of Washington, through the Northwest WAMI program. Her memorable internships were Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena, MT and Hennipen Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.  Her Doctor of Medicine was awarded in 1985. Later, she continued her education in genetics at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR.
Calanthe worked in Florida, Montana, Oregon and Arizona—-primarily on the Navaho Nation where she loved her work and the people she served.
Calanthe always had a horse and a dog (or two). She had no children of her own, but she enjoyed her 12 nieces and nephews and her extended family of cousins, uncles, aunts and a multitude of friends. She was the family “consulting” doctor and all admired her personal fight against cancer.
Her immediate family includes a sister, Libby (Chris) Erb of Laurel, MT; brother, John (Jeanie) Wilson of Great Falls, MT; sister, Darla Wilson of Queen Creek, AZ; brother, Bill Wilson, deceased, (Cathie Juergemeier) of Greenwood, SC.
A Memorial Service will be held on September 25, 2021, 1:00 PM at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 3600 N. Fourth Street, Flagstaff, AZ. 86004
Donations in Calanthe’s name can be made to the Alumni Fund at Bowdoin College, 4100 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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    Alison Hubley says

    Calanthe was in my class at Bowdoin She was so warm, friendly, energetic, and kind. I so enjoyed the last time I saw her at a college reunion. I greatly admire her for her hard work and perseverance becoming a doctor, helping those less fortunate than herself, and maintaining a cheerful disposition despite her illness. The world was a better place because of Cal, and I will miss her. I send my condolences to her family.

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    Scott Preble says

    I extend my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Cal’s family and loved ones. I met Calanthe in 1975 when we were assigned to difference suites on the same floor of a co-ed dorm at Bowdoin College. We were in a close-knit circles of friends. She brought a sense of Montana to Bowdoin with her and, as an unworldly Mainer (then), I very much loved that enrichment. I was always in awe of her intellect. There are so many memories and stories I can share but here is one: When she was in med school and I was in law school I would get her wonderful letters with hilarious stories about medical school (some of which I still share with others).

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    Gail Hacker says

    Cal and I represented women in medicine as the only 2 women in our residency class at Hennepin. She was a dedicated doctor and good friend. Her work with the Navajo Nation during Covid was a testament to her strength as she was also battling a cancer that returned with a vengeance. RIP Cal.

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