PALATINE, Ill. - Robert T. DeWyze, 88, former director of ITT Bell & Gossett’s Little Red Schoolhouse in Morton Grove for more than 40 years, passed away Feb. 8. He had trained tens of thousands of HVACR professionals from the mid-1950s until his retirement in 1997.

An ex-Marine and World War II veteran, he was known for his no-nonsense approach to quality education. He also enjoyed gardening and fishing.

He is survived by his daughter Renee, sons Bruce and Brian, and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, and siblings Harry, Lillian, Ray, and Isabel.

Donations may be made to Clearbrook, 1835 W. Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005.

Publication date: 03/14/2011