Harold B. Whiteman, 82, Was Educator, Author
Dr. Harold Bartlett Whiteman Jr., 82, died May 6 at his home in Nashville, Tenn., after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Whiteman was born in Nashville on April 22, 1920, the son of Emma Anderson Whiteman and Harold Bartlett Whiteman. He attended Montgomery Bell Academy there, the Taft School in Watertown, Conn., and Yale College in New Haven, Conn., where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and captain of the 1940 varsity football team. He served in the military during World War II as a special services officer of the Air Transport Command in Africa. He received his M.A. in political science from Nashville's Vanderbilt University in 1950, and his Ph.D. in international relations from Yale University in 1958.
Mr. Whiteman was married in July of 1946 to the former Edith Uhler Davis of Nashville. He served as a mathematics instructor at the Taft School from 1946 to 1947 and a teaching fellow at Vanderbilt from 1947 to 1948. He served Yale University as dean of the freshman year and associate dean from 1948 to 1964. He was named as assistant to the president of New York University in New York city in1964 and he served there until 1971 as vice chancellor for student affairs.
In 1971, Mr. Whiteman was named president of Sweet Briar College, a women's college in Amherst, Va., and served there until his retirement in 1983. He was the first and only male president to have served Sweet Briar. He then worked for Yale Divinity School as a development officer from 1983 to 1985 and again in development for Montgomery Bell Academy from 1985 to 1989.
Mr. Whiteman served on many committees and boards during his notable career, including the board of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges and the English Speaking Union in London, England. His publications included the followed works: Neutrality, 1941 (his senior thesis at Yale, selected for publication); Letters from the Paris Peace Conference, concerning the work of Charles Seymour, former Yale president, and Norman H. Davis and the Search for International Peace and Security, 1917 to 1944.
Outside of his academic achievements, Mr. Whiteman was an avid sailor and tennis player. Many days were spent sailing the waters of New England and Martha's Vineyard, where his family maintains a summer home in Vineyard Haven. He is survived by his wife, Edith Uhler Davis Whiteman; three children, Harold Bartlett Whiteman 3rd of Lookout Mountain, Ga., Maclin Davis Whiteman of Nashville and Priscilla Whiteman Kellert of New Haven; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild.
A memorial service was held at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville on Thursday, May 9. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to charities of your own choosing.