George L. Whitney ’48

George L. Whitney ’48 died August 9, 2013, in Portland. He was born in Portland on July 25, 1917, and prepared for Bowdoin at Deering High School, Portland Junior College, and Guilmant Organ School, where he graduated second in his class. He was drafted into the Army during World War II and served five years as a classifying and assigning personnel specialist. A member of Alpha Tau Omega and the college organist, he graduated cum laude in just two years. He was self-employed as a teacher of piano and organ and also spent many years teaching at USM in Gorham and at Hebron Academy. He was church organist at several churches, including Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland, St. Mary’s the Virgin in Falmouth, State Street Church in Portland, Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth, and Holy Family Church in Lisbon Falls. A member of the American Guild of Organists, he made numerous appearances at the Merrill Auditorium as the featured artist performing on the Kotzschmar organ. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Dorothy Merrill Whitney; sons Timothy and Thomas Whitney; and one grandson. He was predeceased by a brother, Gen. Edwin F. Whitney, and sister Barbara Anne Whitney.

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