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Linda P. Wise, Woodward Academy's Chairman of the Performing Arts (retired) died January 27, 2006, following a two and a half year battle with cancer. For 42 years, Linda taught high school English and theater in Carroll County, Rockdale County, and for the last 22 years of her career, at the Woodward Academy Upper School in College Park, Georgia. Linda was Star Teacher for three of her five years in Carroll County, five times Governor's Honors Teacher in Theatre with Rosemary Newcott, Teacher of the Year for Rockdale County, and as an Honoree of the Georgia High School Theatre (Thespians) Hall of Fame. Her former students include Holly Hunter, Keith Thomas, Robert D. McNeill, Hylan Scott, Bill Johns, Victor Smith, Heather Heath, Stacy Holt, Jeff Edgerton, Hunter Bell, Debbie Bisno, Rod Thomas, Ken Cosby, Pam Joyce, Davis Kirby, Heather and Greg Isaacs, Suzanna Sanchez, Amanda Exley and others who have made or are making their careers in the performing arts. Her performing arts students have attended Carnegie Mellon, Webster, Northwestern, Princeton, Yale, S.U.N.Y., N.Y.U., U.N.C., F.S.U. and many other Universities and Conservatories in the Performing Arts throughout the U.S. Linda was responsible for a new generation of teachers from three generations of her students in Carroll County, Rockdale County and at Woodward Academy, including Janie Lane, Jerry D. Smith, Scott Shamp, Denise Chance Oravec, Spring Mason, Bill Johns, Meredith Eubanks, Dock Anderson and Hylan Scott, all of whom have made a difference and continued her legacy of excellence in teaching in Georgia high schools and colleges. Linda directed the Atlanta Children's Theater and founded The Depot Players, an avocational theatre group in Conyers, Georgia, in May of 1976. It's successor organization, The Conyers Olde Towne Players, is still in existence. Linda Patrick Wise was a bright spirit and a gifted teacher. She is survived by her husband, Henry J. Wise of College Park, her mother, Helen Patrick of Covington, her two brothers, Jim and Gary Patrick, and their families. She will be remembered well and missed by all who knew her. Her family plans a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church in Covington on Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m. and a memorial service at Woodward Academy this spring to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution in memory of Linda to Woodward Academy. Wages & Sons. 770-469-9811.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 1, 2006
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