Dr. Edward Martin Wheeler – Shelburne
|July 5, 2012||Filled under Obituaries||
Dr. Edward Wheeler died at Wake Robin Retirement Community on June 25, 2012, at the age of 95. He was born on Dec. 30, 1916, the son of Dr. John Wheeler, and Julia Smith Wheeler of Burlington. Ed received his undergraduate education at Deerfield Academy and Williams College, from which he graduated in 1938. He was trained as an orthopedic surgeon at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and did residencies at the Bronx Veterans Hospital and the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. In 1941, Ed married Deborah Lois Davenport of Forest Hills, N.Y. He served as a medic in the US Army and was part of the D-Day invasion. Between 1950-1975, the Wheeler family – Ed, Deborah, and their three children, David, Patsy and Tim, who survive their father – lived in Chappaqua, N.Y., while Ed maintained a medical practice as a member of the Mount Kisco Medical Group. He and Deborah later moved to Middle Haddam, Conn., where he worked on the staff of Middletown (CT) Memorial Hospital. Ed had deep Yankee roots. The H.O. Wheeler School, now the Integrated Arts Academy of Burlington, was named after his maternal grandfather. His mother was a founder of the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties. In 1993, he and Deborah were able to move to Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne, where they lived happily for the last 19 years. Ed was affectionately known for originating the Wake Robin Sugar Shack and maple sugaring operation and the annual pancake breakfast for Wake Robin residents and staff. In 2011, Ed and Deborah, his devoted partner and helpmate, who also survives him, celebrated their seventieth year of marriage. Memorial donations in the name of Dr. Edward Wheeler may be made to the VNA. Donate by mail to Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446 or at their website: https:// www.vnacares.org/donate /remembering-honoringloved-ones.