Dr. William D. Gould

Class of 1968
Career Pathway: Health Services

William D. GouldWilliam D. Gould - GHSDr. William David Gould was nominated by Jim Tobin. 

Bill graduated from Grayling High School in 1968. While attending GHS, he was a member of the National Honor Society, a three-year track team member and a four-year ski team member under Coach Mike Wieland.  

He attended Ferris State University, where he was a member of the Rho Chi pharmacy honor fraternity. He graduated in 1973 as the class valedictorian with a degree in pharmacy. He then attended Wayne State University’s School of Medicine, where he earned an M.D. degree in 1977. 

During medical school, he was a member of the United States Air Force Reserves and was assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, for his internship. Dr. Gould then completed a family practice residency at the Jacksonville Naval Hospital in Florida and became board-certified in family medicine in 1980. His first post-residency Air Force assignment was at Maxwell Regional Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama, where he spent two years working in family medicine and was chief physician for the Red Team.  

After two years at Maxwell Air Force Base, Dr. Gould was accepted into an occupational and environmental medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he earned a master’s degree in public health. 

He also spent a year at the U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency, now the Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. He completed this residency in 1984 and then attended the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and became a flight surgeon. He also completed the hyperbaric medicine training program, qualifying him to dive in hyperbaric chambers.  

After completing his training at Brooks Air Force Base, Dr. Gould was assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center. After one year, he was moved up to the Air Force Logistics Command Headquarters in the command surgeon’s office. He became chief of occupational medicine for the Command, which served over 100,000 active duty and civilian employees throughout the United States. During that time, he also completed combat casualty care courses at Camp Bull, Texas, and was an active flight surgeon. 

After several years at Wright-Patterson, Dr. Gould was reassigned to Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, where he participated in a teaching program for aerospace medicine physicians. Next he was assigned to Brooks Air Force Base as the United States Air Forced Consultant in Occupational Medicine. He was promoted to full colonel in June 1994. He was re-assigned to the Wright-Patterson Medical Center in Dayton as Aerospace Medicine Squadron Commander, where he had over 350 airmen in seven Air Force Flights under his command. In 2002, Dr. Gould was deployed to Turkey, Afghanistan and Cuba as the medical commander for Operation Enduring Freedom.  

He retired from the United Air Force in 2003 after 26 years of active duty and began work for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Dayton. He is currently employed as a physician at the Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center. 

Dr. Gould married Lynn Welch from Mt. Pleasant while he was a student at Wayne State University. Bill and Lynn have two sons – Brett, a businessman near Cleveland, and Blair, a junior at Ohio State University.  

Bill is the son of Lora Gould, who was a long-time Grayling resident. His brother Rick, a fellow Hall of Fame inductee, is a 1972 GHS graduate.