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Dr. Carl, FC College Ex head passes away

LAHORE, Oct 23: Reputed US educationist Dr Carl Midkiff Wheeless, former head and professor of the Political Science Department at Forman Christian (FC) College from 1957-70, passed away after a prolonged sickness on October 19 at the age of 88. He had been fighting with cancer.

He had an outstanding services record in the FC College and had taught some of the most famous politicians and personalities of the country, including President General Pervez Musharraf.

Among numerous other students, Dr Wheeless also taught Pakistan Muslim League President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, special aide to the president Tariq Aziz and PML Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed. In 2004, they had hosted a reception in his honour and requested him to compile a book on the history of Pakistan and write about the presidents of Pakistan. Dr Wheeless accepted the request and started work on the book highlighting the history of 11 presidents of Pakistan

Jamshed Rehmatullah, chairman of the Board of Governors of FC College and University, said that Dr Wheeless was the dean of arts while he was a student in FC College. "He was quite active even in his old age and prolonged illness," he said. "The FC College community owes him a lot."

"I recall that during his deanship Dr Wheeless also put me on the dean's list because of my good performance and discipline," he said. He said after awarding him a distinction, Dr Wheeless also wrote two letters to him encouraging him to keep working hard. "I still have those letters in my record," he added. He also condoled Dr Wheeless' death on behalf of the college students, staff and principal.

Prof Hamid Saeed, registrar of FC College and University, expressing grief on Dr Wheeless's death recalled his marvellous services to the college.

Dr Wheeless, who was residing at 508 W Highland Street, Lakeland, Florida, died on October 19, 2007. He was born on January 21, 1919, in Anamosa, Iowa to Archie Reed and Josie Midkiff Wheeless. The family lived in Delhi, Strawberry Point, and Hopkinton, Iowa. He was a graduate of Cornell College (BA), the University of Tennessee (MA) and the Georgetown University (PhD) and a Diploma in International Affairs from the University of Ankara, Turkey.

He authored several books including a definitive reference work, Landmarks of American Presidents, published by Gale Research Inc 1995; Steps to the Goal and Beyond to the Calling, a story of missionary service published in 2001; and Ups and Downs and Around the Corner published in 2003. Recently, on the Pakistan government's request, he spent two years in Lahore writing a book about the presidents of Pakistan - The Eleven Men of Pakistan.

In 1985, he retired from the High Point University where had served as the head of the department and professor of history, political science, and geography (1971-1985). As a specialist in international affairs, he was consultant to the Youth for Federal Union and a delegate to conferences in Germany and England. He was a distinguished lecturer for college student tours to North Africa and the Middle East, South Asia, and the Caribbean. He served as a missionary with the United Methodist Church at FC College and also as director of the Master of Public Administration in International Affairs, Syracuse University's programme in Pakistan (1965-1970). He was employed by the United States government as an administrator with the Tennessee Valley Authority in the Health and Safety Division; Archives Assistant with the National Archives in Washington, DC; Foreign Affairs Specialist for Korea with the Department of the State; and Intelligence Specialist with the Department of Defence - Office of Navy Intelligence. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and until his death, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Lakeland, Florida.

On January 19, 1947, he was married to Mary Headrick of Erwin, Tennessee who survives him. Daily Times

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