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NIU remembers Thomas E. Wheat

February 13, 2013

Photo of a tall stack of books in a libraryThomas Earl Wheat, a former professor of literacy education and the fifth director of the NIU Literacy Clinic, died Friday, Feb. 8, in Venice, Fla. He was 76.

Wheat earned his Bachelor of Science in education in 1966 at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind., and his Master of Education from the same institution a year later. He was awarded a Doctorate of Education from Ball State University in 1970.

Later that year, he started his academic career as a professor in the NIU College of Education, where he served until his retirement in 1994.

He was active in professional societies, including the International Reading Association.