Longtime Mason Career Counselor Ginny Wheeler Dies

Posted: October 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

The following information was provided by University Career Services.

Ginny Wheeler. Photo courtesy of University Career Services

Ginny Wheeler, 79, former career counselor and UNIV 200 program coordinator in University Career Services, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 24, at her home in Reston surrounded by family. For the last 25 years she worked in Career Services providing career counseling to students. She touched and influenced many lives as a colleague, friend and counselor.

Wheeler joined Mason as a part-time career counselor in 1985 and retired in August 2011 for health reasons. She taught her last section of UNIV 200 in fall 2010.

In living her passion she has helped many students in their career journeys. She worked closely with the Graduate School of Education and played a key role in the yearly Education Recruitment Day fair.

The two-credit course, UNIV 200 Major and Career Decisions, was her brainchild. She was instrumental in developing and instituting the course, which is now in its 15th year at Mason. She co-wrote the text that is used for the course and has been hiring and training instructors, enhancing the curriculum and teaching the course as well. We will miss Ginny, along with the passion and energy she brought to her work.

According to the obituary posted at the Adams-Green Funeral Home website, Wheeler graduated from Allegheny College and received a master’s degree from Columbia University.

She is survived by her children, Lauren, Pamela and Steven; grandchildren Daniel, Patricia and Virginia; and long-time companion George Rivenbark.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, Va.  Those who wish to speak about her may do so at the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Allegheny College, Southern Poverty Law Center or Children’s Hospital (CNMC). Condolences may be posted on the Adams-Green website.


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