WHITAKER, Donald Robert
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WWII Veteran, Ph.D., D. Sc., Prof. Ottawa U
Donald Whitaker passed quickly and peacefully on March 21, 2014 at the age of 94. Born in Winnipeg on July 12, 1919, Donald was one of six children of William and Margaret Whitaker. He attended the University of Manitoba on scholarship until recruited to work on radar during WWII, with the Royal Air Force and then the Royal Canadian Air Force. Following WWII, he was reintroduced to academic studies at the University of Toronto, where he met Kathryn Hunter. They married in England in 1947, where he completed a Ph.D. at the University of London. Donald was a biochemist with the National Research Council in Ottawa for several decades before joining the School of Medicine, University of Ottawa as a professor in 1970. He received a Doctor of Science from the University of London and was president, Canadian Biochemical Society and the Pan- American Association of Biochemical Societies. Following his retirement in 1979, Donald was a devoted grandfather, travelled, and pursued his varied interests. His wife Kathryn died in 2004. He is survived by his daughters Marilyn (Richard Macy) of Ottawa and Shirley (George Molnar) of Oakville, his grandchildren Vivienne (David Haddon), Gordon, Alexander, Christopher, and his great-granddaughter Kathryn. The family appreciates all the care and support which he received from Alissa Evoy, his personal care worker, all the staff of the Gentle Care Unit of the Villa Marconi including Dr. Su. A memorial gathering will be held at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross.
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Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 24, 2014