JIM WISE (Composer, Dames at Sea) was born in Akron, Ohio in 1919. After graduating from Wooster College in 1941 with a degree in Classical Languages, he served in the Army’s Public Relations Division during World War II. He received his M.A. in English from Columbia University in 1948 and taught at Columbia’s School of General Studies, and then New Jersey Institute of Technology until his retirement in 1989.

While continuing to teach, he wrote the musical Yankee Ingenuity, and the children's musical Olaf, with Don Price.

In 1988 he founded the Allardice-Wise Scholarship at Wooster College in memory of his friend and classmate James B. Allardice. The scholarship continues to be awarded, on the basis of a competitive audition, to a senior Theatre major who has demonstrated exceptional talent and interest in theatre.

He passed away in 2000 at the age of 81.

April, 2012