Benjamin Ide Wheeler was an outstanding figure in the Berkeley community: active leader, statesman, and shaper of public opinion; accomplished scholar and distinguished University of California president who transformed the school from a small college into a world-renowned university.
Dr. Wheeler always thought in terms of value to human life, no matter what issue he tackled. He also fostered a close, supportive relationship between the campus and the community. He was so admired by the Service Clubs Council of Berkeley that, in 1929, it established an award in his name.
About the Award
The Wheeler Medal recognizes and honors an outstanding member of the Berkeley community who has provided years of distinguished service, in any field of activity, which has benefited the quality of life for a significant number of people in Berkeley. The BCF assumed the responsibility of granting the award to “Berkeley’s Most Useful Citizen” in 1994.
Wheeler medalists remind us that Berkeley is filled with people who are committed to the greater good and who make the city such a unique place to live.