Died: December 31, 1972
Married: Louise Downing
Children: George D. Wilson
Kenneth M. Wilson was an athletic coach at Saranac Lake High School, later serving as principal and superintendent of schools. During his first year coaching football, opposing teams went scoreless, and for seven years under his coaching the football team won the Adirondack League championship. In 1987, Ken Wilson Field was named in his honor.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, January 2, 1973
Kenneth M. Wilson, 74, dies at Malone hospital
SARANAC LAKE — Kenneth M. Wilson, 74 coach of champion Saranac Lake High School football teams in the late 20s and early 30s, and superintendent of schools for seven years, died Sunday afternoon at Alice Hyde Hospital in Malone.
Mr. Wilson had been a patient at Longview nursing Home since October and at Alice Hyde Hospital for the past month. His home was at 19 Broadway.
Mr. Wilson was born in Gouverneur, a son of Edward and Mary Hawley Wilson. He was graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1924, taught at Port Henry for a year, and came to Saranac Lake in 1925.
For seven years under his coaching the Saranac Lake High School football team won the Adirondack League championship. During his first year, the team was unscored upon.
In 1942, Mr. Wilson earned a masters degree from St. Lawrence and in the same year he was made temporary principal of the high school during the wartime service of the principal, William Hafer. When Mr. Hafer left the system in 1949. Mr. Wilson was appointed principal.
He also served as superintendent from 1955 to 1960.
Mr. Wilson was an honorary life Member' of BPOE 1508 of Saranac Lake. He had been a member of the Elks for 45 years, was past exalted ruler of the local lodge from 1935 to 1936 and as vice president of the New York State Elks Association in 1937. He also served as president of the New York Skating Association.
Survivors are: his wife, Louise Downing Wilson; a son, Major George D. Wilson of Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Tex.; three brothers, Ernest of Glenwood, N.Y., Lesley of Plattsburgh, and Herbert of Plattsburgh; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Fortune Funeral Home where there will be an Elks service at 7:30 this evening. A Bible Vigil will follow the Elks service. A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bernard's Church. Interment will be in St. Bernard's Cemetery in May.