Dr. Lester P. Wyman, 81, passed away Aug. 20, 2019, at his home in Shaker Heights. He was a lifelong resident of the Cleveland area.
Born Nov. 11, 1937, in Cleveland, Lester graduated from Cleveland Heights High School (class of 1956), and later went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree from Brandeis University (class of 1960) and his MSSA, Ph.D. in social work from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Applied Social Sciences (now the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences).
Lester worked in the family business, Marvin’s Hardware in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood, which is still operating. After college, Les worked for the Street Work program of the West Side Ecumenical Ministry, the Juvenile Court of Cuyahoga County, the Children’s Aid Society, the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and was a psychotherapist in private practice.
Les held a faculty position at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland since 1981 and created Gestalt training programs internationally, most significantly in Israel. He provided social work training supervision and consultation both locally and internationally.
Les was a former member of Cleveland Secular Community and Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. He was heavily involved in community organizations like the Beta Alpha Tau Fraternity, Brandeis University’s Club of Cleveland, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Association of Social Workers. Throughout his life, Les held various offices including captain of the Cleveland Heights High School football team, junior and senior class president at Cleveland Heights High School, class president of Brandeis University and a member of the President’s Council at Brandeis University.
Les had many hobbies, but specifically loved carpentry, sailing, traveling and home repair projects. He was also a licensed pilot. Lester never saw a piece of wood that didn’t suggest a project. He designed projects to work on with his children and grandchildren to build skills and relationships.
Lester is survived by life partner, Marcia Levine; children, Dan (Kassy) Wyman, Debbie (Joe) Maguire, and Amy (Evan) Luzar; grandchildren, Isabella and Henry Wyman, Nicole, Jennifer, Meghan, and Nancy Maguire, Lincoln, Emmett, and Isaac Luzar; and his sister, Rochelle (Martin) Schneider.
Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel in Cleveland Heights. Interment was at Bet Olam Cemetery.
Contributions in loving memory of Les can be made to Jewish National Fund and Brandeis University.