Obituary: John W. Wideman, professor emeritus of Education

John "Jack" W. Wideman, 83, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Education, died May 10 at The Atrium at Cardinal Drive in Agawam.

Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., his childhood years were spent in Florida, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. He graduated from the Hill School for Boys in Pottstown, Pa., in 1946 and Williams College in 1950.

He went on to earn a doctorate in education from Harvard University.

In 1969, he joined the faculty of the School of Education, where he taught counseling psychology. He retired in 1996.

He leaves his daughter, Victoria Wideman and his son, Thomas Wideman and daughter-in-law, Katharine Butler, two grandsons, his former wife, Mary Dingman-Abel, and many family relatives.

In lieu of a funeral, the family will have a small ceremony in Maine later this summer.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Carter Center, One Copenhill Road, Atlanta, GA 30307.

May 29, 2012.