Lois Whealey is a teacher, administrator and activist who has been instrumental in inspiring others. She started teaching in the early 1950s to fifth-grade students in North Virginia. She then moved to Kentucky and taught seventh-grade students at Fort Knox Dependent Schools. After a year in this position, she became an adult basic education teacher for the United States Air Force. After two years in this role, she returned to elementary school education. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ms. Whealey worked as an administrative assistant at Ohio University.
Ms. Whealey prepared for her teaching career by first attending Stanford University. At this institution, she received a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1951. She earned a Master of Arts in education from the University of Michigan and obtained a second master’s degree in political science from Ohio University in 1975. Always committed to her own education, Ms. Whealey earned a Master in social science from Ohio University in 2007.
Throughout her entire career, Ms. Whealey has been actively involved in various charities, community councils and activism groups. She is an integral member in such organizations as Democracy over Corporations, Women Today and Yesterday, Ohio Women and Organize Ohio. She has served on the Athens City Board of Education and as the chair of the New Day for Equal Rights Amendment. In addition, Ms. Whealey has supported environmental protection groups and other community organizations. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Lambda Theta. Since 2006, she has been involved with Athens Community Television.