YOUNGSVILLE, Pa.– Dr. Walter E. Scheid, Westminster College Professor of Speech Emeritus, died on Nov. 11. He was 81 years old.
Professor “Wally” Scheid started teaching at Westminster in 1965. In 2000, he retired from the faculty and also received the Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest teaching honor at the College.
Schied returned to the spotlight on campus three years later where he spoke to the graduating class at commencement. His opening convocation address started the undergraduate careers of those newly minted alumni four years earlier.
“Your class will always be something special to me,” said Scheid in the 2003 ceremonies. “It was the last class entering before I retired three years ago and I had the great honor of giving you your first lecture at convocation. I now have the equally great honor of giving you your last lecture.”
A resident of Western Pennsylvania all of his life, Scheid was born in Pittsburgh on May 7, 1937. He was a 1959 alumnus of Grove City College. He later earned a master’s degree at Penn State University and his Ph.D. degree at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Scheid taught at Grove City High School from 1960 to 1965.