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Elwood Batley SHEEDER (*17 May 1915 +2 Dec 2009)

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[25180] Elwood B. Sheeder, formerly of Indiana, passed away December 2, 2009 in Gulf Breeze, Florida after a prolonged illness.

He was born May 17, 1915 in Altoona.

Dr. Sheeder graduated from Altoona High School in 1932 and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, formerly Indiana State Teachers College, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1946. He later went on to receive a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1959. Elwood met Alice Poole while attending college and they married in April of 1943. Following their marriage, he spent 19 months in the South Pacific as a naval pilot where he was a decorated member of the famed "Black Cats" squadron. Upon his return, he was stationed in Pensacola, Florida as a flight instructor for the duration of the war. He remained in the Naval Reserves after the war and held the rank of Lt. Commander.

After returning to Indiana, he taught business at Indiana Senior High School and subsequently became a Professor in the Business Department at IUP. In 1961, he was appointed Dean of Men and served in that capacity until 1970. After two years as a professor in the Business Department, he was appointed Dean of the Business School. It became the largest school at IUP and achieved national recognition. He also served as Vice President and President of the IUP Foundation.

Elwood was a member of Graystone Presbyterian Church where he had been a Deacon, Elder and Trustee. He also served as Clerk of the Session for 19 years. Elwood belonged to the Indiana Country Club and the IUP Alumni Association. He was on the IUP Alumni Association Board, and in 1982, was selected as Outstanding Alumnus. Elwood was active in many charitable and voluntary activities in Indiana and remained an active supporter of Veterans' interests. He enjoyed golf and playing bridge. He was deeply loved by his family and friends and was known for his generous spirit and willingness to assist those less fortunate or in need.

He is survived by a son, Robert E. Sheeder, Dallas, Texas; and his four daughters: Allison, Meredith, Lindsay and Maury; a son, Richard J. Sheeder and wife Karen, Gulf Breeze, Florida; and their two children: Rebecca and Richard Jr.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Alice Poole Sheeder in 2008.

Interment in Greenwood Cemetery.


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