Criminal Justice Sciences
1946 - 2013
It is with a great sense of regret that the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences announces the death of Professor Edward Wells. On Sunday, October 20, 2013 Dr. L. Edward Wells passed away following unsuccessful efforts to treat leukemia.
Dr. Wells received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1976, after which he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford and then at Indiana University. He taught at Purdue University for seven years and in 1986 was hired at Illinois State University where he taught and conducted research until his passing. Although he retired in 2012 he continued to mentor students and conduct research.
Dr. Wells was known for his keen intellect, his compassion, and his dry sense of humor. His knowledge was wide-ranging. His research interests were broad and his personal interests even broader. There were few subjects about which he didn’t have some knowledge. His published research included self-concept, broken homes and delinquency, criminological theory, delinquency, gangs, homicide, police vehicle pursuits, community policing, rural crime, suburban policing, rural policing, crime and policing in American Indian communities, and methamphetamine production. Much of his work was empirical, including his publications on meta-analysis.
Ed was known for his kindness and his genuine humility. He had a love of numbers and of finding patterns, both of which served him well in his work involving both quantitative research and theory. He was always there to help students and other faculty. Ed was often the smartest person in the room but would never have accepted that description. His colleagues at ISU repeatedly pushed to have him recognized for his scholarly accomplishments, but he steadfastly refused to even have his materials submitted.
Dr. Wells was often described as the soul of the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences. His wisdom, fairness and kindness always steered the department to move in the right direction, to strive for excellence and to do right by each other and our students. His presence on the 4th floor of Schroeder Hall will be missed in ways words cannot describe.
In lieu of flowers, the Wells' family would appreciate contributions to the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences' Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship fund. This award is made to a junior or above who is an underrepresented group. The recipient must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and embodies the teaching and spirit of Rev. King. One award per year is given.
Please make checks out to the ISU Foundation and on the memo line write CJS MLK Scholarship in memory of Dr. Ed Wells.
Mail to: ISU Foundation, Campus Box 8000, Normal, IL 61790-8000.
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The Department of Criminal Justice Sciences was established at Illinois State University in 1972. Today, the Criminal Justice Sciences Department offers both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Criminal Justice. The department consists of 13 full time faculty members serving 450 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students.
The Department of Criminal Justice Sciences is a community of scholars that provides premier interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate educational experiences. We serve the field of criminal justice by addressing evolving issues through evidence-based practice, student-oriented teaching, and innovative research.
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