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U of M instructor dies in Milwaukee of apparent COVID-19 complications

Wells retired from the Milwaukee Police Department as a lieutenant. While with the police department, he earned a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in public administration – both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
He earned a PhD in Leadership, Learning and Service from Memphis News Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.
Courses Wells taught at the University of Memphis included Corrections in America, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Prevention and Deterrence of Crime and Crime and Public Policy.
Wells’ former student, Kathryn Abigail McLain, was sad to learn of his passing and said he was helpful to her during her undergraduate criminal justice studies at the U of M.
“Dr. Wells played an influential role in helping me to find my passion for law,” McLain said. “I was lucky enough to have him teach several of my criminal justice classes. He was by far my favorite professor from undergrad. He had such enthusiasm to teach and the kindest heart.”
His experiences in law enforcement were used to teach students, McLain said.
“He inspired me to help others, and when it came time for me Press Release Distribution Services In Memphis News to go to law school he wrote my letter of recommendation,” she said. “He has remained one of my references to this day and will forever remain in my memory.”
In a Facebook post, U.S. Rep. Gwen S. Moore, D-Wisconsin, praised Wells calling him “a friend and a brother.”
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