Dr. Richard W. Wehr

December 9, 1925December 1, 2011

Dr. Richard (Dick) Wade Wehr of Decatur died on December 1, 2011, at the age of 85. Dick was born on December 19, 1925, in Caldwell, Ohio to Jerald Jerome Wehr and Myriel Renner Wehr. Dick graduated from Barnesville High School in Barnesville, Ohio in 1943. He entered the Naval Air Force during which time he attended Indiana State Teachers College, Rice University and St. Mary’s College in CA. Dick finally received his BS Degree from Denison University. He received is M.Ed from the University of Pittsburgh and his Ed.D from Florida State Dick played professional basketball for the Indianapolis Jets and the Wheeling Blues of Wheeling, W. VA. In 1950, his educational and coaching career began at Mt. Gilead High School in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, where he taught and coached basketball and football. At the college level, he taught and coached tennis, golf and basketball at a number of schools including: W. Liberty College in W. VA, Union University in Jackson, TN and Georgia State University in Atlanta. In 1964, Dr. Wehr came to Atlanta as Chairman of the PE Department at Georgia State University. He coached the GSU Panthers basketball team for 2 years. In 1986, he retired from GSU after 22 years as Professor Emeritus. Predeceased by his parents and his brother, Robert Wehr, survived by his wife of 53 years, Sara (Sally) Henderson Wehr; son Jay and wife Lori of Memphis, TN, son Van and wife Annie of Roswell. He was Grandfather to Tyler, Eva, Jake, Libby and Maggie Wehr. Survived also by brother William Wehr of Sun City, Florida and countless other family and friends who were blessed to know him. In retirement, Dick enjoyed golfing with friends at Druid Hills Golf Club. His membership with Georgia Seniors and Atlanta Seniors took him to many fabulous golf courses. Dick touched the lives of many people with his fun-loving spirit and sense of humor. He loved and was good at many sports. Some of his other interests included: square dancing, fishing, camping, bird watching and traveling with Sally. His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 11:00 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1438 Sheridan Road NE, Atlanta where Dick and Sally have been members since 1966. The family will receive friends on Monday, December 5 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at H.M. Patterson and Son, Oglethorpe Hill, 4550 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Camp Westminster, c/o Westminster Presbyterian Church.


  • Visitation Monday, December 5, 2011
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dr. Richard W. Wehr

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Keith Freck

January 31, 2012

As a teenager at Westminter Church in the late 90s, I watched Dr. Wehr's house and his dog Tipper when he and his wife traveled. Dr. Wehr was a kind, funny man.

I am sad to hear of his passing and offer my condolensces to Sally and the Wehr family.

Peggy Murphy

December 6, 2011

I worked for Dr Wehr in the GSU Athletic Department in 1979. He was a lovely, funny man, always sharing a smile. I was sorry to learn of his passing and send my condolences to his family.

December 5, 2011


"Coach" always had a smile and a great attitude about everything. I still remember the first time I met him. He pulled into the Druid Hills parking lot on his motorcycle to interview me.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Garry Wilmot

December 5, 2011

Oh so many wonderful memories shared with Dick and Sally especially as neighbors on Saxon Place. I will forever be grateful to Dick who used his powerful influence at Georgia State which resulted in my being offered a great job! With loving hugs, B

December 4, 2011

With deepest sympathy to Sally and the Wehr family...we will miss Dick's smiling face and great was a pleasure to have known him. Our thought are with you. From: your neighbors on the 17th floor.

December 4, 2011

Deepest Sympathy to the Wehr family.

Sue TeStrake

December 4, 2011

Sally, I was sad to learn from you this morning about Dick. We will all remember him so fondly. I passed the news on to our daughter...he was always so supportive of her in her young athletic endeavors. He was a kind man.
Know that we are thinking of you, and sending you our support.

Linda Terrill

December 4, 2011

Dick was a true joy to be around. I'll always remember the many afternoons sitting on Dick and Sally's swing on Saxon Place with other neighbors with Dick as the perfect and fun host. Thinking, too, about the great times at Mountain Lakes. So many wonderful memories. Knowing Dick has been a blessing!