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Nelson Whitman ’39

Published in May 20, 1998, issue

Neil died Dec. 15, 1997, at his home in East Falmouth, Mass., after a brief illness. A lifelong research chemist, he began his career at Dupont after earning his PhD in chemistry at MIT in 1942. He held several patents. In 1966 he moved to Simsbury, Conn., where he had been born, to conduct a family business and act as consultant in chemical engineering. In 1987 he made a final move to Falmouth, an area familiar to him and his family as a favorite vacation spot over the years.

Wherever he lived, Neil indulged his love of singing. A member of the University Choir all four years, he was active in the Dupont Chorus in Wilmington and was involved in Gilbert and Sullivan productions with the Simsbury Light Opera Company. Another early hobby was working with radiocontrolled model planes. When he decided to improve their power source, he was the first person ever to get an allelectric model seaplane to fly, and he became a recognized expert in the field. Yet Neil always told us his family was his greatest hobby. And so we send sincere sympathy to those he cherished: Helen Davis, his wife of 54 years, his daughters Susan Oates and Nancy Van Doren, his son Timothy W., and seven grandchildren.

The Class of 1939

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