Phil Wheeler, a life member of the Sierra Club since 1989, died quietly on Jan. 30 in Redondo Beach. Phil served as Group Chair of the PV-SB Group. He was active with the Long Beach South Bay Group of the Wilderness Travel Course. For the Angeles Chapter he served as Safety Committee Chair, on the Management Committee and as a Navigation Examiner. Phil also served on the national Sierra Club Financial Committee. The Angeles Chapter recognized Phil with awards: Special Service (1995), Outings Service (2003), and the Chester Versteeg Award (the highest chapter outings award) in 2011.
Barry Holchin said, “I particularly appreciated Phil’s companionship and support on the New Zealand trip. He assured the new leader of my ability to stretch the limits a bit, while exercising good judgment.
“When issues of debate and uncertainty came up in the ExCom, he was there with ready knowledge, or willingness and ability to do the research necessary to help us reach a consensus.”
Photo: Hersh Kelly, Phil Wheeler, Keith Martin, Barry Holchin and Phil’s wife, Deb Duvall, in front of Mt. Naguaruehoe, New Zealand, 2002