Photo Courtesy of Nathan Wilder

David Wilder


April 18, 2017

Remembering David Wilder,
professor of art history
here and at JCU, CCC

A Cleveland State University adjunct art history professor was shot and killed Saturday, March 25.

David Wilder, an innocent bystander, died after he was caught in the crossfire of a shooting on East 89th Street and Woodland Avenue.

“David was quiet and reserved, but also gentle and kind,” Marian Bleeke, Ph.D., chair of the art department, said in an email interview. “He was a dedicated teacher who shared his love of art with his students. And he was also an advocate on behalf [of] part-time and adjunct faculty members.”

Wilder had been teaching at Cleveland State regularly for the past two years, but he had taught at the university before, Bleeke said in her email. He taught mainly introductory art history courses, such as Intro to Early Western Art, Intro to Asian Art, and Intro to African Art.

Wilder had about 100 students in the two classes he taught at Cleveland State this spring, and he also taught at John Carroll University and Cuyahoga Community College.

Wilder taught at all three schools over the years.

“Interestingly, there are students who had him both at Tri-C and at CSU,” Bleeke said in her email.

Bleeke said that Wilder was good with his students and helped to educate them for success.

“Students were impressed by his knowledge of art and by his kindness and generosity,” Bleeke said in her email. “He went out of his way to work with students who had problems and to help them to succeed. He also worked to educate his students about the issues facing part-time and adjunct faculty members like himself.”

Wilder’s family held a memorial Saturday, April 1 at John Carroll University.


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