Valerie Wheeler

Sacramento, California

1940 - 2017


Sacramento, California


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Dr. Valerie Wheeler, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at California State University - Sacramento, died on January 16, 2017, after a sudden and brief battle with leukemia. Born on July 19, 1940, Dr. Wheeler spent her early childhood on farms in Ohio and Michigan, studied briefly at Oberlin...

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My memories of Valerie Wheeler are "Dr. Wheeler. Mentor. Example. Friend" She influenced my academic career and my goal was to be as good of a teacher and professor. So sorry to read of this struggle.

I was hoping to visit again with Valerie and with Peter. She graciously shared a breakfast at the home of Homer Page with me and my wife Celine. She was interested with what we were doing with our organic farm. The last time that we visited with het was in Columbus, Ohio, at Ohio State University. We send our condolences with a saddened heart.

I am just learning of the passing of a dear friend, mentor, and professor that influenced my life in a positive and energetic way. I am sorry to hear she has passed. I express my deepest sympathy and caring to her family. I sincerely hope she did not suffer greatly.

Valerie was a bright and shining light in my life. She was a mother figure, a mentor... a strong, progressive woman who pushed her students to be the best they could be. After I graduated from undergrad, Valerie and I kept in touch. I have so many wonderful memories of her... but I wish I could speak with her one last time, to let her know how important she was to me and my educational and political development.

I am so sad that Valerie is gone. She was the mom I needed to provide the moral and intellectual foundation for my entire life. I was always in awe of her and (as so accurately stated by D.Wheeler below) she turned my head around and taught me about the world as no other individual could. Her compelling lectures and ever patient (but always exquisite) commentary seriously changed my life and helped me through the most difficult part of the next several decades have unfolded. Honestly, I...

I'm deeply saddened by Valerie's passing. She was more than just my undergraduate advisor in the late 80s and early 90s, but also "Mom" to me and a slew of my fellow anthropology majors. Such a great, inspiring teacher, who taught me to view the world through the lens of culture, so that I saw it in a completely new way. It was eye-opening, and had such an impact that I could never close them again. And for that, I wanted to do well, to make her proud. She expected a lot, and I...

Shocked and saddened by the news. Many moons ago I worked w/ her at the Environmental Studies Program. She was such a smart, funny, warm and trail blazing woman. This is such sad news

Just heard of Valerie's death. She was a wonderful, warm, and intelligent person and an always passionately dedicated teacher and scholar. As a fellow prof., I learned more than I can say from our many rich conversations. What a surprising and dramatic loss!

Dear, dear Valerie. She was my professor for many classes and I was proud to call her a friend. Her radiance will be missed. Condolences to everyone whose lives she touched.