Wilfred D. Webb, American politician, Died at 95


Wilfred Dwight Webb was born on March 23, 1921, and died on July 2, 2016.

He was an educator and a Democratic politician from Michigan who served in the state’s House of Representatives representing part of Oakland County.

He was hired as a teacher in the Hazel Park schools in 1941, ultimately becoming superintendent at age 36.

When he retired from the district, he worked as a K-12 education consultant with the Michigan Senate.

Webb was president of the Michigan Association of School Administrators and was a member of several other organizations including Phi Delta Kappa.

He was named to the Michigan Education Hall of Fame in 1985.

Wilfred was elected to the House in a special election in June 1982 and was re-elected for a full term that November.

Webb’s one-term absence from the House was a result of the 1984 election in which Ronald Reagan won the state by 19 points.

He was originally projected to win by just over 200 votes, but it was soon discovered that one precinct in Madison Heights had been counted twice.

After the mistake was corrected, Webb lost to then-Wayne State University College Republicans chairman Gregory Gruse.

In 1986, the two faced each other again, and Webb won.

During the Legislature, Webb sponsored legislation to outlaw elder abuse.

Wilfred D. Webb declined to seek re-election in 1992.

Wilfred D. Webb passed away at 95 years old.