In 2008, Pal Brooks named a new avocado variety after Wheeling. The Wheeling variety bears fruit late January through early April.
“It was very kind of Pal to name a variety after me,” Wheeling said. “My family has been involved in this (avocado) industry since 1960. This is the first time anything like that has ever happened to our family.”
Wheeling was chairman of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Florida Avocado Administrative Committee for more than a decade, was a member of a Florida citrus canker advisory board, was a member of the state’s redbay ambrosia beetle invasive pest working group and headed the Miami-Dade County agricultural liaison committee.
Brooks officials have posted more information about Wheeling and his retirement in their blog.