Robert A. "Hap" Wells dies at age 86

Educator and World War II veteran

September 20, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Robert A. "Hap" Wells, a retired educator and World War II veteran, died Sept. 7 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Forest Hill Health and Rehabilitation in Forest Hill.

He was 86.

Mr. Wells was born and raised in Overlea. He was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army, where he was a radar specialist in the Pacific and attained the rank of tech 5.

He earned an associate's degree in 1949 from the old Baltimore Junior College and a bachelor's degree in education in 1954 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mr. Wells began teaching mathematics in 1950 in city public schools and later was vice principal of Patterson High School. He also taught at Calvert Hall College High School until retiring in 1980.

The former Cockeysville resident, who had lived in Bel Air for 25 years, was an avid golfer. He also was an accomplished fly fisherman and enjoyed tying his own ties.

His 1950 marriage to the former Kathleen Mason ended in divorce.

Services were held Sept. 10.

Surviving are three sons, Robert A. Wells Jr. of Westminster, Neal Wells of Ocean City and David Wells of Middle River; a daughter, Sharon Wagner Wells of Los Angeles; a sister, Ruth Sardeson of Perry Hall; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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