Herbert Wheeless, 64, stood for rights

November 18, 1990

A memorial service for Herbert H. Wheeless, a former member of the Howard County Human Rights Commission, will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Jones Hill Baptist Church in Spring Hope, N.C.

Mr. Wheeless, 64, of Columbia died Wednesday of cancer at University Hospital.

He retired in 1984 as chief of complaints for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he had worked since 1969.

Earlier, he was a legislative researcher for the Securities Exchange Commission and was the first president of the local union of American Federation of Government Employees in that agency.

As a member of the Howard County human rights group, Mr Wheeless was at the center of the commission's controversial study on the police department's personnel policies. He contended that an assessment of the agency's promotion practices could not be done by the part-time volunteer board members, but needed the expertise of outside professionals. The commission majority disagreed, and Mr. Wheeless resigned in 1985.

Mr. Wheeless was an elder and charter member of th Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer in Washington. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

He was born Nov. 4, 1926, in Spring Hope, N.C., son of the lat Robert and Adnar Wheeless. After two years in the Army, he attended North Carolina Central University in Durham and graduated in 1952, when he married Mary Lee Dunston. They were later divorced.

Mr. Wheeless is survived by two sons, Darrell H. Wheeless o Houston and Timothy D. Wheeless of Landover; two daughters, Roslyn Y. Wheeless of New Carrollton and Pamela M. Wheeless of Upper Marlboro; three brothers, Arteria Wheeless of Spring Hope, N.C., and Archie and Richard Wheeless, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and one grandson, Darrell Wheeless Jr. of Gaithersburg.

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