Posted by Sean Flynt on 2012-11-02The Samford community is mourning the death of Joyce R. Wheeler, who died Nov. 2. She was the 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.
Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m., at Birmingham's Shades Mountain Baptist Church, where the Wheelers were longtime members. Visitation will precede the service.
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.
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