the harvey wheeler
memorial scholarship fund
The Harvey Wheeler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by his wife and three children to honor his life and memory. Born on Elm Street in 1922, he was a lifelong resident of Concord and was never far from there his entire life. Exceptions were when as a young boy he spent several winters in Wickenburg, AZ, and as a young man when he served as a pilot in World War II in the South Pacific. He took great pride in leading the Patriots Day parade in Concord sitting tall in the saddle, having spent those cowboy days riding in Arizona. His employment was also in Concord on Virginia Road with the MIT Instrumentation Draper Laboratory Flight Facility.
Harvey enjoyed all the town traditions and activities. He was captain of the Concord Independent Battery and also served on the Celebrations Committee for the 350th Anniversary of Concord’s incorporation, organizing cultural events. He was a member of the Board of the then-Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund for 18 years kland also a Trustee and Deacon of the First Parish Church. His good nature, friendship, and reliability were enjoyed by all who knew him. His grandfather Harvey had the honor of having had a school in West Concord named after him (which later became the Harvey Wheeler Community Center) because of his role in building up the West Concord community first by establishing a harness factory there and then building houses for his employees to live nearby; this was a legacy that Harvey worked to live up to through his commitment to the town.
Harvey attended Trinity College but his college years were cut short by his enlistment in 1941 for the War. He, unfortunately, never graduated from college. It is the Wheeler Family hope that this Scholarship Fund named for Harvey will enable others to complete their college educations.