Harvey Arlin Wichman

Harvey Arlin Wichman

November 10, 1931 ~ February 02, 2018

Born in: Milwaukee, WI
Resided in: Dana Point, CA

Harvey Wichman 1931-2018

Born on November 10, 1931 in Milwaukee, WI, Harvey was the first of five children born to Helen (Bagley) Wichman and Ray Wichman. At age 5 his family moved to Greendale, WI, where he lived until he graduated high school. At age 16 he and his friends formed an Explorer Air Scout troop. They bought a J3 Piper cub in which he learned to fly.

Harvey obtained his BA and MA degrees from California State University, Long Beach and his PhD from Claremont Graduate University. He taught Psychology for almost 40 years at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University. For many years, he also taught flying at both Harvey Mudd College and Cable Airport. Harvey’s research was primarily in the area of Aviation Psychology in which he worked with McDonnell Douglas, NASA, and JPL. He was known as a superlative teacher, winning many awards and the lifelong friendship of numerous students.

He was a beloved brother, husband, father and grandfather who is survived by his sister Rosemary Derouin, his wife Ann, his two sons Russell (Sue-Ann) and Glenn, and his four grandchildren, Caleb, Jake (and their mother Nina), Heather (Jake) , and Sara-Beth. He was also the patriarch of a large and loving family of relatives too numerous to mention. There will be a private service for the immediate family. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Braille Institute (www.brailleinstitute.org/ways-to-give.html) which helped him greatly after he lost his vision in 2013.


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  1. Faith Kristiansen February 13, 2018 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Harvey you will be greatly missed.

  2. Gail Marley February 13, 2018 at 6:59 am - Reply

    I was blessed to of met Harvey back in my early 20’s, he was always welcoming and made me feel part of the family. Harvey had a smile and laughter that was contagious and even when things didn’t look so bright (after his stroke) he had a way of making others feel as if it was always going to be ok. He had stories of when he was growing up that were almost hard to believe and impossible to forget, he left the kind of mark that makes you want to be a better person. He will be missed and it’s hard to believe he’s gone.

  3. Sheridan Zhang February 13, 2018 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I was still a college student when I met Harvey. It was a blessing to know him. He was kind and wise, always had some interesting stories to share. I miss you, and thank you for the wisdom you have shared with me.

  4. Tom Puckett February 13, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Kind, decent, wise, a joy to be around him. There was no one quite like him in my lifetime. Harvey the flier, the psychologist, the storyteller, truly a Renaissance man for all seasons. I was privileged to know him.

  5. Christy Reynolds February 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    My beloved Uncle Harv was the best human being I have ever known. I not only got to grow up with him as my uncle, I was also lucky enough to have him as a college professor! When I was a student at CMC, Professor Wichman loved hearing “Hi Uncle Harv!” from my friends as he walked around campus. I’m so grateful for the wonderful visit my husband Steve and I had with Uncle Harv just two weeks before his passing — along with Aunt Ann and my cousins Glenn and Russ. We laughed and shared memories and read some of Uncle Harv’s poetry and cried some … And in true Harvey Wichman fashion, when we were wrapping up our visit he held his arms out to us, then tapped his head and said “So, this [brain cancer] is terminal, and it’s going to be fast…” then continued with a smile and a strong, wonder-filled voice, “But have you EVER known anyone who’s had a more exciting, fulfilling, interesting [can’t remember all the superlatives he said] life than I have?!” No, I haven’t. He was an inspiration and joy to all of us who were fortunate enough to be in his life. Goodbye, Uncle Harv. You are so loved, and will be so missed.

  6. Joyce February 13, 2018 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Remembering all the great times with Harv and Ann. All his great stories and the way he told them can’t be matched. Love Joyce

  7. Daisy Lorrainne Watson February 13, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    You were truly a gem and I am sad to see you go, theres comfort in knowing your life was full of joy, love, and laughter. Goodbye grandpa harv, Sara and I will toast a chocolate/peanut butter/banana shake to you and think of you often.

  8. Clara February 13, 2018 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I was fortunate to have Harv and Ann as a mentor when I was in college. Harv was a very sweet man and exuded a sense of comfort and warmth to those around him. I remember at our program meetings I didn’t say much because I was nervous, but Harv came over to speak to me and made me feel more comfortable. It was an honor to have known Harv and he will be deeply missed.

  9. Mary Swanson February 13, 2018 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Brilliance and Kindness describes Harvey to me. I remember our visit years ago. Harvey flew us to Catalina Island. It was breathtaking, spectacular and more. Dean and I had never flown in a private plane before. He was an exceptional man and a great example of how one handles adversity.

    Ann’s cousin, Mary

  10. Terri Van Eaton February 15, 2018 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I was fortunate to work with Harv and many other faculty members at Claremont McKenna College during my almost 39 years there and loved every minute of it. Harv was such a gentleman and yet also had a great sense of humor and joy for life. He was always an inspiration to me. He will be missed!

  11. Carl Watson February 15, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    He was my mentor and an inspiration. He was one of those “big” personalities that lit up any room he was in. His generosity of spirit substantially framed the vast majority of my most fond memories of Claremont McKenna. The most important thing I can say about Harv is that I’m a better human for having known and learned from him. They don’t make ’em better than Harv. Rest in Peace.

  12. Mary Anderson February 16, 2018 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Such a dear man. I worked with Harv over my 30 years at CMC. Always a pleasure and laughter to boot! He used to run into P-6 yelling “Emergency, Emergency Stop the presses!” When he’d need something for his next class. Fondly remembered, never forgotten. My prayers are with all his family and friends who will certainly miss him.

  13. Louise Adams February 16, 2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I was fortunate to know Harv the 30 years I worked at CMC. A brilliant mind, great sense of humor and always a gentleman. We have lost a man who was loved and respected by all who knew him. My deepest sympathies to Ann and family.

  14. Polly Baker February 23, 2018 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I worked with Harv over 30 years. He was always a gentleman it wa great working with him. He will be deeply missed. My deepest and heart felt sympathy to Ann and Have’s sons. My God bless you.

  15. Joey Konop March 21, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I was introduced to Harvey as a young teenager in 1984. Harv had taught my Dad how to fly at Cable Airport beginning in 1966 and they remained friends and flying companions for 40 years. When at a young age, I expressed a desire to become an Airline Pilot my Dad knew just the person up for the challenge of teaching a 16 year old how to fly an airplane. With Harvey’s calm demeanor, unparalleled skill as an educator and mentor, we set off into the skies together out of Cable Airport in what would lay the foundation for which all of my flying skills would be based. Some 8 months later, I earned my Private Pilots license. After graduating High School I went on to College and continued taking flying lessons out of Cable. Our busy schedules created conflicts for flying lessons, however Harv was always someone I could call upon for Information and advice. My Dad and I remained friends and flying enthusiast with Harv, attending the Reno Air Races together and receiving recurrent flight training with him. 34 years later and an Airline Captain on a Boeing 737 for a major airline, I look back fondly at those young years together and remember the values and skill Harvey so patiently instilled in me which became the basis for where I am today..Thank you Harvey.

  16. Whitney Mongelli June 19, 2018 at 7:09 am - Reply

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  17. Laura May Grisolano January 13, 2022 at 12:04 pm - Reply

     I just wanted to light a candle here to celebrate Professor Wichman and to express my appreciation for all he did for CMC students and our college community. His warmth and smile and deep respect for students still glow for me after all of these years. (I graduated in 1986!) May his memory be a blessing.

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