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John Carey Whitnah, Sr., born in Moulmein, Burma, on May 11, 1922, passed away on April 30, 2014, following a stroke. He was a graduate of Kansas State University, and he completed graduate degrees at The University of Wyoming and Harvard University. Preceded in death in 1998 by his wife, Elizabeth Chase Whitnah, Mr. Whitnah was a career civil servant with the U.S. Department of Energy as a senior-level executive until 1981. Early in his tenure with the Atomic Energy Commission (which later become a part of DOE) he supervised research on the impact of nuclear power on health, and he made several trips to Japan to work with colleagues in the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. After retirement he was actively involved in volunteering for The C.S. Lewis Institute and Prison Fellowship, in addition to maintaining strong connections with Church of the Apostles, Truro Church, and Church of All Nations in Washington, DC.
An avid hiker, Mr. Whitnah and a friend were among the first to climb all the peaks above 12,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park; in addition, he climbed all the "fourteeners" in Colorado. He instilled his love of the mountains in his children and his grandchildren. He also leaves a legacy of music lovers who will remember him with gratitude every time they hear a composition by J.S. Bach.
His is survived by his children: John Jr., and his wife Nina Rynd Whitnah, and their children-Lauren, Meredith, Michael, and daughter-in-law Joanna; James; Barbara Whitnah Evans, and her husband Tom, and their children-Peter and Katie; David, and his wife Patty Bauer Whitnah, and their children-Charis and Claire.
A service of celebration of his life will be held at Truro Church at 10520 Main St. in Fairfax, Virginia, on Monday, May 5, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to All Nations DC Anglican Church (5852 Washington Blvd., Suite 7, Arlington, VA 22205), The C.S. Lewis Institute, (C.S. Lewis Institute, P.O. Box 6930, McLean, VA 22106), or Prison Fellowship (Prison Fellowship, P.O. Box 1550, Merrifield, VA 22116-1550). A private family burial service will be held.

Published in The Washington Post from May 2 to May 4, 2014
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