Robert Elliott Wise


IPFW Ralph E. Broyles Medal (1996)

M.S., 1948
IPFW Honorary Lifetime Alumni Board Member (1982)

M.A., 1948


Professor Robert Elliott Wise Wise was born in Terre Haute on April 25, 1917 and received his B.S. in Physics and Chemistry from Indiana State University in 1939. He also obtained a Life License in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics for Indiana secondary schools; but his planned teaching career was interrupted by World War II. Wise joined the Army and went ashore at Normandy on the third day after D-day with his unit, the 81st Mortar Battalion. He served with distinction through the rest of the war in Europe, once having his jeep blown out from under him. He regularly attended the reunions of his unit and was an active American Legion member.

After the war, Wise attended Indiana University and received an M.S. in Physics in 1948. In that same year he began his long university career in Fort Wayne, beginning as an Instructor at Indiana University at a site located downtown at that time. With steady promotions he became Associate Professor with tenure in 1962. His patience and love for students led to his half-time job as Coordinator of Advising and Academic Advisor for all incoming students in the School of Science and Humanities. Students often expressed their appreciation for the time he was willing to take with them, never rushing them into any decisions. Other advisors often relied upon his incredibly detailed knowledge and memory concerning the many intricacies of program requirements at IPFW.

Wise died August 25, 1999 in Fort Wayne as a result of heart failure.