GREENWICH, Conn. - Dr. Robert Channing Wheeler, MD. of Greenwich died March 30. He was 93.
Dr. Wheeler was born in Waterbury. He was a graduate of The Taft School, Princeton University and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He received postgraduate education at Bellevue Hospital; Yale Child Study Center; Children's Hospital, Chicago; and Babies Hospital, New York. A clinical professor of pediatrics, he taught at Columbia for 30 years.
Dr. Wheeler was a veteran of World War II. As a lieutenant in the Navy he participated in the early studies of tuberculosis treatment with streptomycin. He practiced pediatrics in Greenwich for 20 years, and was on the staff of the emergency department of Greenwich Hospital for 15 years. As a volunteer physician for Care-Medico, Dr. Wheeler reopened the pediatric service in the war-damaged hospital Beni Messous, Algiers, in 1962, and taught emergency medicine in Java, Indonesia, in 1975.
Dr. Wheeler was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Princeton Club of New York, a long time member of the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, the Overseas Yacht Club of New York and the Pine Orchard Yacht Club.
Dr. Wheeler is survived by two children, Susan Foot of Brunswick, Md. and R. Channing Wheeler of Westport; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by two children, Gail Brewster and Martha Wheeler.
A celebration of Dr. Wheeler’s life will be held at a reception at StoneRidge Retirement Community. A private family burial service will be held this summer in Truro, Mass.
Contributions in Dr. Wheeler's memory may be made to The Truro Conservation Trust, Post Office Box 327, North Truro, MA 02652.
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