John R. `Skip' Wilhelm Jr., 58, naval officer, teacher

November 16, 2005

John Raymond "Skip" Wilhelm Jr., a retired naval officer and Anne Arundel County high school teacher who was active in Naval Academy alumni affairs, died of a heart attack Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Riva resident was 58.

Born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring, he was a 1966 graduate of Bullis School in Potomac. He earned a bachelor's degree in analytic management from the Naval Academy and a master's degree in education from Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

He served in the Navy from 1971 to 1991 as a pilot, safety analyst and deputy director of the Candidate Guidance Office at the Naval Academy, and attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

He then joined his father in his family's Business Stationary Brokerage Co. in Rockville for eight years. From 2000 until his retirement this year, he taught mathematics at South River High School.

A member of the Naval Academy's Blue and Gold club, he recruited local students for the service academy. He was a member of the Class of 1971 Reunion Planning Committee. He was also a volunteer assistant coach for the academy's women's volleyball team.

He sang in the Baldwin Memorial United Methodist Church's choir in Millersville and enjoyed golf, water skiing and boating.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, the former Jane Cleveland; a son, John R. Wilhelm III of Laurel; a daughter, Katie Wilhelm of Towson; his father, John Raymond Wilhelm of Frederick; and three brothers, Scott Wilhelm of Frederick, Ken Wilhelm of Ijamsville and Dave Wilhelm of Gaithersburg.

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