Long-time faculty member and assistant dean passes
side by side pictures of Wessels when he was dean and later in life at a university event
Marla Todd
August 20, 2018

It’s common to hear College of ACES alumni speak of the impact Warren Wessels made on their lives. Dean Wessels passed away on August 16, 2018.

Warren Wessels was an assistant dean in the college from 1958 to 1994. During his time in service to ACES, he worked with thousands of students, as he carried out roles as recruitment coordinator, orientation class instructor, and placement director.

His encouragement for excellence; demanding, yet fun-loving personality; and sense of commitment to each individual student are well known. He touched the lives of countless persons and his influence lasted well beyond students’ graduation.

The college presents the Warren Wessels award annually to an outstanding senior. His family has asked that memorials be directed to the Warren Wessels Academy of Teaching Excellence Fund at the University of Illinois Foundation, which supports the annual student award and other efforts in the College of ACES.

Full obituary from The News Gazette.