Joe Wilder was an All-Maryland selection on three Baltimore City College secondary school championship teams in the late 1930's. He went on to Dartmouth College where he became a first team All-American and a two-time North-South Collegiate All-Star participant. From 1940 to 1942, Wilder led Dartmouth to three straight New England titles. During this time he also led the league in scoring, and was selected to the All-New England Team three straight years.
Wilder played four years of club lacrosse while attending medical school. He was Professor of Surgery and the Director of Surgery, Emergency and Outpatient Services at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center. Wilder served as chief of surgery for the US Air Force, and was a professor of surgery. In 1954, he was the recipient of one of the most coveted awards in American medicine, the Markel Award, based on potential as a surgeon and teacher.
Wilder was a world renowned sports artist and his images were reproduced on 38 magazine covers. He wrote four critically acclaimed books - two on surgery and two on art. He was also an inventor with 9 patents primarily involving surgical instruments and light tubes. Joe Wilder passed away in 2003.