Robert Whitman ’45 died on September 12, 2010, in Winchester, Massachusetts.
(The following was provided by the Funeral Digest on September 14, 2010)
Robert Whitman of Winchester, Mass., passed away peacefully on September 14 after a brief illness. He was 87 years old. He leaves behind his wife of forty-two years Nancy Hendry Whitman; five sons: Chape of Potomac, Md., Peter of Newcastle, N.H., Chip of Concord, Mass., Rob of Andover, N.H., and Duke of Redmond, Wash.; six grandchildren: Brad, Adam, Jess, Molly, Galen and Aden; and one brother Arthur of Auburn, Maine. A Bowdoin College (BA 45) and Harvard University graduate (MBA 50, M.Ed. 69), he was a longtime resident of Winchester and spent his summers at Ragged Mountain Fish & Game Club in Andover, N.H. He was born and raised in Melrose, Mass. While at Bowdoin College he was drafted into the military where he served with distinction in combat and was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. After discharge from the army, he finished his education at Bowdoin and went on to gain his MBA from Harvard. This led to a successful business career. In 1967, his wife Barbara Worley Whitman passed away after a long battle with cancer. He married Nancy in 1968 which led to his returning to Harvard to gain a master’s in education and embarking on a successful second career as a teacher and principal; first in Arlington, Mass., and then in Germany within the U.S. Department of Defense education system for U.S. dependents there. He enjoyed singing in many a cappella groups his whole life; starting with the Meddiebempsters at Bowdoin through to the 2 by 4s in Winchester. He was an active volunteer throughout his life, contributing his time, energies and ideas to the Boy Scouts, The First Congregational Church, Ragged Mountain, and various Winchester organizations. His special interest throughout his life was teaching children, starting with his five children, then his grandchildren and continuing on in the work he did.