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WENDEL, Whitney Barrett Of Elkins, NH and Sanibel, FL age 85, died peacefully on July 23, 2016. Born Feb 7, 1931, in Brookline, MA, Whit was the son of Daniel and Agnes Wendel. During the early 1940s, he worked with his father to disassemble, move and restore the historic Ross Tavern, built in 1690, the Collins-Lord house, and the Shatswell Planters Cottage, which may be Ipswich's earliest building, to the family property on Jeffrey's Neck Road, Strawberry Hill. He graduated from Rivers High School in Weston, MA in 1948, where he was the varsity football captain. In 1956, he graduated from Harvard College with a major in Sociology, having interrupted his studies for a two-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army in Germany as a PFC. After graduation, he moved to Manhattan, NY and began working as an account executive for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, American Express, and RR Donnelly. An accomplished trombonist, he also played frequent gigs in Manhattan, Connecticut and Long Island, and was a founding member of the Grove Street Stompers at Arthur's Tavern in Greenwich Village. In 1967, he moved his family to Topsfield, MA. and began a career in the then-nascent field of computing as the chief technology officer at the Addison-Wesley Publishing Company in Reading, MA. In his spare time, he renewed his hobby of home building, eventually constructing approximately sixty luxury homes on Boston's North Shore, and gaining the reputation of one of the region's highest quality builders. Whit was also a fan of Harvard Football, attending home games for decades with his college roommate and lifelong friend George Bender. After retirement, Whit spent winters in Sanibel and summers in New London, where he continued to both play and study jazz, performing with the Granite State Stompers, and classical music, as well as pursuing an active exercise regime. He leaves his beloved wife, Mary Lane Wendel of New London, NH, whom he married in 1959. Whit is survived by daughters, Lauren (Christopher Dougherty) Wendel of Newburyport, MA and Caroline (Gregory) Herr of Topsfield, MA, and a son, Steven (Barrett) Wendel of Boxford, MA; and granddaughters Lane Wendel and Brynn Wendel of Brookline, MA, and Drew Wendel of Boxford, MA. Whit was predeceased by his sister, Theodora Wendel Krause of Ipswich, MA and Bradenton, FL. Private services will be held. Those interested may consider a donation to the New London Hospital, New London, NH, www.newlondonhospital.org The family gratefully acknowledges the compassionate care and kindness extended to Whitney and his family.

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Published in The Boston Globe on July 28, 2016
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