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Remembering Former Teacher John R. Whittemore '47

John Rae Whittemore '47, a member of the Magistri, passed away on May 16 at age 90. He worked at Pingry from 1957-1994, teaching biology and serving as an assistant wrestling coach for most of those 37 years (beginning when Everett Newcomb was the varsity coach); for the first nine, he taught history, reading, and science in the Junior School. He also served as Head of the Science Department from 1978-1981. Mr. Whittemore received a Bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Virginia, served as a Lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and began his career with the Inter-American Geodetic Survey, surveying jungle and mountain terrains as a cartographer in Central and South America. Mr. Whittemore later earned a Master's degree in Education at New York University. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Beth; son Thomas '80; daughter Jennifer Hyde Whittemore Sloane '83 (Leslie); and grandchildren Amy, Kirsten, and Susan.

Pictured: Jennifer Hyde Whittemore Sloane '83, John R. Whittemore '47, Beth Whittemore, and Thomas Whittemore '80.

Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review