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Remembering Tom — students and colleagues mourn journalism professor Tom Wheeler

During his classes, journalism professor Tom Wheeler would often joke about lacking a traditional newspaper background before he arrived as an instructor at the University of Oregon’s journalism school. But to his students and colleagues, Wheeler was a master storyteller. He would regale his students with stories about interviewing music …

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Professor Tom Wheeler’s rocking road to the University

Journalism professor Tom Wheeler never set out to be a professional writer, and he took his first guitar lesson when he was about 55 years old — two things that might surprise anyone who knows the noted music journalist. Wheeler’s passion for guitars, music and writing sent him on a winding career — and life — path that has culminated in teaching at the University’s School of Journalism and Communication.