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Thomas P. Whalen

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ARLINGTON -- Thomas P. Whalen, attorney at law of Manchester and longtime resident of Arlington, died at home on Feb. 13, 2005. He was 65. The cause of death was a rare form of cancer known as carcinoid syndrome.

Mr. Whalen was born in Bennington on May 7, 1939, to John L. Whalen and Margaret Cullinan Whalen. He attended the Arlington Elementary School and graduated from Arlington Memorial High School in 1957. He attended the College of the Holy Cross, graduating in 1961, and he graduated from the University of St. Louis Law School in 1964. Mr. Whalen was admitted to the practice of law in Vermont in the same year. He worked as assistant United States attorney for the district of Vermont from early 1965 to August 1968, during which period he lived in Rutland. In the fall of 1968, Mr. Whalen established a general law practice in Manchester, specializing in estate and probate work. Mr. Whalen continued to practice law until he was precluded from doing so by his illness. The practice, known as the law offices of Thomas P. Whalen, continues, and Mr. Whalen’s son, John L. Whalen II, is an attorney in that office.

Mr. Whalen was active in civic and community affairs. He served on the Arlington Board of Selectmen and Arlington Planning Commission in the late 1960s, and was the Arlington town moderator for more than 30 years. He was a longtime member of the board of directors of the Martha Canfield Library. He was a member of the Arlington Recreational and Park Committee and served as its president in 1977-78. Mr. Whalen was a member of the executive committee and trustee of the Putnam Memorial Health Corporation, and served as vice chairman from 1991 to 1993. He served on the board of directors of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and was chairman of the board from 1991 to 1994. Mr. Whalen was a director of the Factory Point National Bank since 1975 and was the chairman of the board from 1996 until his death. Mr. Whalen was also a member of the Ekwanok Country Club, of Manchester. He served on the state board of education, serving as vice chairman from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Whalen served on the boards of the following institutions: Mount Laurel School, Pine Cobble School, Manchester Health Services and Southem Vermont College.

Mr. Whalen is survived by his son, John L. Whalen II and his daughter-in-law Nicol S. Whalen of Arlington; sons, T. Patrick Whalen Jr. of Brooklyn, N.Y., Timothy Nash Whalen of San Francisco, Calif. and Christopher A.C. Whalen of San Francisco; and his twin grandsons, J. Lewis Whalen III and T. Dominic Whalen II. He is also survived by his brother, John M. Whalen of Shaftsbury; his sister, Mary Whalen Leonard of Tempe, Ariz.; his brother, Peter J. Whalen of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; a nephew, Andrew Leonard; and two nieces, Stephanie Leonard Tomei and Margaret Leonard Beasley.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, Arlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library in Arlington through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2005
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