Warren Gage Wheeler, Jr. ’43

Warren Gage Wheeler, Jr. ’43 died on September 23, 2005, in Marco Island, Florida.

Born on December 6, 1921, in Boston, he prepared for college at Dedham (MA) High School and became a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in January of 1943, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade. After receiving a bachelor of journalism degree and a master of arts degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, he joined the South Bend Tribune in Indiana in 1948 as a police reporter. He became news editor in 1951, personnel director in 1952, assistant to the president in 1957, general manager in 1964, executive vice president in 1971, and president in 1975. He continued as president when the name of the company was changed to Schurz Communications Inc. in 1976, and he retired in 1982. He was active in community affairs, serving as president of the South Bend-Mishawaka Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of St. Joseph County. He also served as president of the Newspaper Personnel Relations Association and the Inland Daily Press Association and its foundation. After moving to Florida, he joined the United Church of Marco Island and served as president of the church, chair of the board of trustees, and president and treasurer of its men’s club, as well as a member of its long-range planning and building committees. He was a director of the Marco Island Health Care Center for five years and also served as a director of the Marco Island Continuing Care Retirement Center, still in the planning stages. He was a founding member of the Alano Club of Marco Island. Surviving are his wife, Jean Moseley Wheeler, whom he married in 1945; three sons, Richard H. Wheeler of Portland, OR, Michael G. Wheeler of Bridgman, FL, and J. Duncan Wheeler of Marco Island; and a daughter, Ann Lunds Lundeen of Fort Collins, CO.