HCPS: School Board President Dr. Leonard Wheeler Dies

Wheeler is remembered as a "man who dedicated his life’s work to education."

UPDATED (11:25 a.m.)—Dr. Leonard Wheeler, the president of the , has died.

Harford County Public Schools announced the news in an all-staff email at 8 a.m. Wednesday. A copy of that email, from manager of communications Teri Kranefeld, was forwarded to .

It reads:


HCPS Family –

It is with deep and sorrowful regret that I share with you the passing of our Board of Education President Dr. Leonard D. Wheeler.  At this time, the arrangements have not yet been confirmed.  As soon as that information becomes available I will certainly share it with you.

In this time of sorrow, we remember that Dr. Wheeler was a kind and caring man who dedicated his life’s work to education and the betterment of his community.  His passion for education and his desire to serve was evident in his leadership.  In his honor, we will continue our mission of preparing our students for a bright and successful future.

At the end of each day, go home and hug your loved ones.  Life is a precious gift.

County Executive David Craig released a statement just before 11 a.m. Wednesday. It read:

"I am deeply saddened by the news of the unfortunate passing of Dr. Leonard D. Wheeler. Dr. Wheeler had a distinguished career as an educator and served with distinction and integrity as a member of the Board of Education. Dr. Wheeler worked tirelessly to help make Harford County Public Schools one of the finest school systems in our state. 

Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences on behalf of the citizens of Harford County to Dr. Wheeler’s family, fellow Board members and the faculty and staff of Harford County Public Schools. Dr. Wheeler’s service to our school system will surely be missed." 

Wheeler was appointed to the board in 2008 after he retired from Baltimore City Public Schools. There, he was a teacher, curriculum specialist, principal and assistant superintendent, according to his profile on the Board of Education page on the school system website.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Karen Gyolai September 13, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Dr.Wheeler was a kind man who had firm ideas, but was willing to listen to what you had to say. He tried to get people to listen to both sides. He was knowledgeable and a leader in whatever situation he was in. He wanted what was best for the school system and especially the students. We were fortunate that he believed in community service and gave so much of his time to HCPS. Karen G
Christine Justicefortrayvon Celise September 13, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Farewell, Dr. Wheeler. You made a difference in my life during my time at Notre Dame, as a woman of color. Thank you.
Theresa Ray September 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Dr. Wheeler was a fabulous man and an awesome professor. I will never forget the MANY things he did for me to help me further my education career. We had so many colorful and witty conversations at Notre Dame. I can tell you the impression he made on my life was by far one of the greatest! RIP Dr. W!
Tom Fitzpatrick September 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I only had the privilege of knowing Dr Wheeler for a very short time. I found him to be inspiring, insightful, and very very penetrating. With his passing, I felt a keen loss, because I know I had lost a mentor.
Kirsten Dize September 13, 2012 at 02:56 PM
You can find funeral arrangements here: http://patch.com/A-xJ8D


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