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Gordon Raymond ’44

Published in June 12, 1991, issue

GORDON "LEFN" WHITMAN passed away Dec. 10, 1990, at his home in No. Berwick, Me. Cursed with obstructive pulmonary disease, which gradually confined his life, he never lost his dry humor and his love of Princeton. He looked on his large family, expanded with his second marriage to Irene Watson in 1981, with great pride and fondness. In his faithful Class notes he enjoyed mentioning the family inlaw Harvards outnumbering his Princetons, father '19 and son Gordon Jr. '72.

Whit came to us from Mercersberg. He was a fine athlete, but chemical engineering limited him to baseball. After Midshipman's School at Cornell, he served as chief engineer on destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, leaving his three years of active duty as a lieutenant (j.g.). He worked, as he put it, from N.Y. to California in the chemical industry, before returning to the East for the last 30 years of his career with General Foods. After his medical retirement, he kept busy as an investment adviser and running a small antique business.

Gordon was a crackerjack golfer, until breathing difficulties led him back to the sea and his great joy, THE WtHr's END, a 36ft. Chris Craft Sport Fisherman, Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Irene, his widow; Evelyn Whitman, his mother; Gordon Jr. '72, Stephen, and Suzanne; stepsons Craig, Jeffrey, and Stephen Watson; and the 13 grandchildren. Gordon, you'll be missed.

7be Class oJ1944

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