Harry Stephen Wohlert
Harry Stephen Wohlert, 84, of Stillwater died on October 29, 2019.
Harry was born in Berlin, Germany on February 21, 1935 to Stephan and Anna Wohlert. After surviving World War II as a child in Berlin, he escaped communist East Germany and immigrated as a refugee to the United States in 1956. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving at Vance Air Force Base in Enid Oklahoma. Following his honorable discharge, he attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He went on to pursue a Master's Degree at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where he met his wife of 37 years, Hilde.
In 1967, Harry and Hilde came to the foreign language department at Oklahoma State where they worked side by side as professors in the German Department for nearly 30 years. They developed innovative teaching programs that allowed students to work in German-speaking countries as part of the university curriculum and pioneered the German by Satellite program which reached more than 30,000 students across the United States during the 13 years of broadcasting. The program helped rural schools fulfill foreign language teaching requirements by allowing local teachers to supervise in the classroom, while Harry and Hilde provide the foreign language curriculum and supporting computer programs. For his efforts, Harry received numerous accolades including the Noble Endowed Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning at Oklahoma State. While at OSU, Harry also obtained his doctorate in Physical Education, pursuing research on the effects of exercise on the heart. He served as President of the Oklahoma Foreign Language Teachers.
Harry enjoyed music, fun, and dancing and was a vibrant member of several dance clubs including The Alliance, The Committee, and Mayfair.
Harry is preceded in death by his parents, Stephan and Anna, and his wife, Hilde. He is survived by his daughter Christina, son Martin, son-in-law Tim, and grandchildren William and Michael.
Published on October 30, 2019


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Marla Balentine
Nov 03, 2019
Harry was a dear, dear man so articulate, so caring, I am privileged to have known him and been his friend.
Leigh Fisher
Nov 03, 2019
Christina, Martin and family
I worked with your Mom and Dad during the German by Satellite years and have never met a more gregarious and passionate person, when it came to his profession, his wife and his children. Whenever he mentioned either of you, or Hilde, his eyes would brighten and he would bust with pride. When he walked into a room of educators, he was the star of the show and everyone gravitated toward him. When he was on camera, he was bigger than life and injected his students all across the country with his passion for Germany and the German language.

I am so fortunate to have worked with Harry and to have promoted the model for future distance learning programs. Har
...ry's legacy will live forever through all of you and all the students who learned to say 'Ich liebe dich', via satellite.

With Much Love,
Leigh Fisher
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Jean Murphy
Nov 01, 2019
I knew Harry as a valued member of our dance groups. He was kind, interesting, articulate, very intelligent, and always willing to share fascinating stories of personal experiences of his life after World War II.
He will be missed as the consummate gentleman.
Rick Jungers
Oct 31, 2019
Harry was a neighbor, patient, and friend for more than 30 years. He was a gracious gentleman with a positive upbeat attitude who showed true caring for others. I will miss our roadside visits.
Barbara and Bill Dunn
Oct 31, 2019
We shared many happy and delicious meals with Harry over the years. He was a delightful friend and guest and a wonderful host and chef and we will miss him very much.