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Annual (?) Hamptons Mini-reunion

A few of us girls got together earlier this month for what we are attempting to make an annual event in the Hamptons. This year we got together for catching up and having lunch at Susan's beautiful home.  Thanks to her for hosting and to all who attended for making it happen. A good time was had by all.. 

Left to right: Susan,  Joan, Candy, Ginger, Lauren and Bini

Sad news...Bill Whittemore

It is with much sadness that we bring news of Bill Whittemore's passing. He died April 4, after a 19-year long fight with cancer. 

Bill's brother Jim sent a note: Bill had contracted prostrate cancer in the late nineties and fought hard, won many battles but cancer overtook him in the long run. He was a fighter and during that whole time, he was always, Bill.

This is from the obituary in the Ridgefield Press:

Bill was a business lawyer for 45+ years. He began his law practice with the New York City law firm of Arthur, Dry & Kalish, and later was in-house corporate counsel for Mobil Corporation and then Freeport McMoRan. He founded and, for the next 20+ years, operated his own business law firm based in Ridgefield, Connecticut. A graduate of George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C., he was a member of the Connecticut and New York Bars (and had also been licensed in Virgina, Louisiana and Pennsylvania). Bill served on the Boards of Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, the Ridgefield Chamber Foundation, the Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (R.O.A.R.) and the Ridgefield Community Foundation.
Alongside his law practice, Bill served as a mediator for many years for the Westchester Mediation Center based in Yonkers, New York.  He also served as a commercial arbitrator of cases administered by the American Dispute Resolution Center (ADRC) based in New Britain, Connecticut.  He was a longstanding member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), the Association For Conflict Resolution (ARC), and an active member of the CBA’s Section of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He believed that virtually all parties who are unable to resolve their own disputes should consider using a trained mediator before resorting to a court of law for relief. He believed that the principles of “empathetic reasoning” were the keys to successful conflict management in any important relationship.
Bill and his family belonged to the South Salem Presbyterian Church for over 20 years, where he was a member of the Session for multiple terms and also served as a tenor in the choir. He felt strongly that his family’s move to Ridgefield in the mid-1990’s, leaving behind the travel and hectic lifestyle of his corporate law career, and at a time when his children were still very young, was one of the keys to his and his family’s happiness.

This lifestyle change provided him with professional independence while enabling him to participate with his wife, Emily, in school, church and other local activities as his children grew up. He loved tennis and played the sport most of his life, particularly enjoying his regular singles play for many years at the Ridgefield Athletic (a/k/a Tennis) Club. The sport was more then a physical outlet for him, as he also viewed the competition and camaraderie as a source of life inspiration.  Reading literature and history broadly alongside these things rounded out what he thought essential to his lifelong growth.
Bill was raised in Larchmont, New York, one of six children of the late William C. Whittemore, Jr. and Suzette S. Whittemore.  Last December, he and his wife, Emily B. Whittemore celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary.  Bill was always grateful to his doctors and the warm relationship he had with the nurses and other members of the medical staffs at Danbury Hospital’s Praxair Cancer Center. He is survived by  Mrs. Whittemore, and their two children, Todd C. Whittemore of Wilmington N.C. and Claire E. Whittemore of Stamford, CT,  two grandchildren (Nicholai and Taylor), and his five brothers and sisters: Hank, James, Suzanne, Richard and Marianne.

Mini-reunion in the Hamptons

A few of us got together in the Hamptons for a mini-reunion at Candy's. As tough as it was to assemble this group, it was more than worth it and a good time was had by all.

Ginger Weitz
James Philip wins award for Anesthesia Technology Development

(Jim's story didn't come through as posted. Jim, please repost!)

James Philip
John Grant Published!

Hi Tigers, John Angell Grant here, from MHS 64. It’s been great attending a couple of our recent class reunions. I enjoyed seeing old friends and talking to classmates who I did not know well at MHS. I currently live in Palo Alto, California. I wanted to let you know that I have written a murder mystery set in Palo Alto that is being serialized in a local newspaper. It began running this week. The murder mystery is called “A Deadly Secret: Homicide in Palo Alto.” If you’re not in the area, and don’t have access to the paper on the street, you can read episodes online the day after they are published here:

You can also sign up on that website to receive notifications when new episodes are published online. I hope you check out "A Deadly Secret!" Palo Alto isn’t that different from Mamaroneck/Larchmont—at least the old Palo Alto. If you’re in town give a shout!

A Deadly Secret: Homicide in Palo Alto Palo Alto Murder: a serialized novel….PALO ALTO IS NOT WHAT IT PRETENDS TO BE…. How many unsolved murders have been committed in Palo Alto? Many, according to some who have taken the time to study police records. The serialized novel “A Deadly Secret” tells of…


Jim and Beverly Philip hike across The Alps

Jim and Beverly Philip just came back from walking Europe’s 187 km (120 mile) Haute Route from Chamonix France to Zermatt Switzerland, 11 days over the Alps through " a world of glaciers and towering, snow-capped peaks".   

The route traverses below the summits of 10 of the 12 highest peaks in the Alps, and over 3000 m (9,500 ft) passes, with an overall height gain of 15,000 m (50,000 ft).  "The Haute Route also meanders through green alpine valleys with flower-covered meadows and picture-book villages.”   

We stayed in mountain huts and small village inns along the way, hiking 6-9 hours each day and arriving in Zermatt during the Matterhorn's 150th ascent anniversary.


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