Dr. Earl Atwell Wheaton Jr.
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Dr. Earl Atwell Wheaton, Jr.

Dr. Earl Atwell Wheaton, Jr, died peacefully on March 23, 2021 at the age of 92. Lucid and strong throughout his short struggle with cancer, Dr. Wheaton was able to spend his last days at his beloved Valley Hospital, where he was surrounded by his loving family, including his wife Jeanne Jaicks Wheaton, his children and step children, and the care of many of his former co-workers and friends. Dr. Wheaton was a member of the leadership team at Valley for more than a decade, serving in various capacities including president of the medical staff and Chief Medical Officer. He was a member of the Valley Hospital Board and a recipient of the Distinguished Physician Service Award. He had a private practice in Ridgewood for 30 years, where he was an internist-rheumatologist.

Dr. Wheaton was born in Utica, New York, on September 18, 1928. He was the eldest child of Earl Atwell, Sr. and Gertrude Liddy Wheaton. The family, which included sisters Cynthia Wheaton Broadus and Joan Wheaton Jack, moved to Ridgewood when Earl was in fifth grade. Earl attended Ridgewood schools and graduated from RHS in 1946. He was class president, a star basketball and football player, and top of his class, winning the prestigious Somerville Thayer Award, given to the RHS student who demonstrated highest achievement in academics, athletics and leadership. Earl attended Princeton University and Columbia Medical School, where he was chief resident. He served in the U.S. Army as a Captain from 1955 - 57.

Dr. Wheaton had five children by his first wife, Barbara Dippel Wheaton: Christopher Wheaton and his wife Eileen of Portland, Oregon; Caroline Wheaton of Hartford, Connecticut; Pamela Wheaton Shorr and husband Frank of Swampscott, Massachusetts; Timothy Wheaton and wife Sarah Flatley of Lexington, Massachusetts; and Sarah Wheaton and husband Julian Frigo of Belmont, Massachusetts. He was a treasured grandfather to Matt, Julia, Alex, Mei, David, Bailey, Emmy, Jamie, Jake, Nick and Charlie, and great-grandfather to Luciana, Francesca and Emilio. "Doc" was also a beloved stepfather to the Jaicks boys and their families: Andrew and Mary, Bryan and Dawn, Perry and Janice, and Cameron and Ellen.

Dr. Wheaton was a gentle and gracious leader with a brilliant mind and a ready laugh, whose approachable personality was a great aid and support to his coworkers and peers. He was the type of person who did good without letting anyone know, volunteering for the Valley Hospice and donating his time and energy to Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, which provides free healthcare to the working uninsured in Bergen County. He was a role model to many, including his children, an "Atticus Finch" whose actions often spoke much louder than his words. He will be sorely missed by his family, and gratefully remembered for all the ways he touched our hearts and led us to becoming better people. Please send donations to BVMI (https://www.bvmi.org/) in honor of his memory. A memorial service will be held in September.

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Published by The Ridgewood News from Mar. 25 to Apr. 2, 2021.
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Thank you for allowing me into your home as a “Fresh Air Fund Kid” from Hell’s Kitchen it helped me see a world I wanted to live in! Two years I spent with your family gave me fond memories. Joe Calrow
Joe Calrow
March 28, 2021
We miss you Dad.
Pam Wheaton Short
March 28, 2021
Pam Wheaton Shorr
March 28, 2021
Dr. Wheaton was the kindest, caring, most knowledge and compassionate doctor that I had the privilege of being a patient for almost 20 years. It is because of his expertise and care, that I am here today and that my second daughter was able to be born. He will be greatly missed by my whole family. Thank you Dr. Wheaton, it was my honor to have known you. You will always be in my prayers. Your Christmas card buddy. Bonnie Levy
Bonnie Levy
March 26, 2021
Always remember Dr Wheaton as a true gentleman
It was a pleasure to work at valley and BVMI whine he was there
March 25, 2021
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