Published on November 2, 2012
The Samford community is mourning the death of Joyce R. Wheeler, wife of Research Professor Ruric E. Wheeler, former Chair of Samford’s Math Department, Dean of Howard College of Arts and Sciences and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Samford learned of Mrs. Wheeler’s death this morning, Nov. 2, 2012.
Joyce Wheeler is remembered for her active role in many aspects of campus life, especially Samford Auxiliary (now Legacy League). She, along with Ruric Wheeler, was a member of Samford’s Founders Circle, a group of Samford supporters who donated to the university for 40 years or more. Mrs. Wheeler also is remembered through the Dr. Ruric E. and Joyce R. Wheeler Endowed Scholarship in Samford’s Math Department.
Memorial details will be published here as they become available.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.