Dr. Harrison DeWayne Whittington
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Marion Station —Dr. Harrison DeWayne Whittington departed his life on November 20, 2012 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Wayne, as he was affectionately called, was born to the late Marilyn Whittington and Alphonso Cottman on June 9, 1931. He was raised by his late grandparents, Martina and Harry Whittington in Crisfield, Maryland. He was united in marriage in wedlock to his childhood sweetheart, Louise Holden in 1957 and would have celebrated 55 years of wedding bliss on November 30, 2012.
Wayne attended Somerset County Public Schools and graduated from Crisfield Colored High School in 1948. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State College in 1952. His postgraduate studies include his Master of Education degree from Penn State University in 1961 and his Doctor of Education degree in 1980 from Nova University. He completed additional postgraduate studies at the following institutions: Temple University, University of Maryland, Loyola College, Weber State University, Salisbury University, Makato State University, Bowie University, George Washington University and East Strodsburg State College.
Wayne's professional career began as he was inducted into the United States Army as First Lieutenant and was honorably discharged as Captain after serving two years. Upon completing his service to the military, he began his teaching career in 1954 to 1962 at Carter G. Woodson School, formerly Crisfield Colored High School, as a Physical Education teacher and a Coach. Wayne became Principal of Carter G. Woodson School in 1962 to 1969. After leaving Carter G. Woodson School, he was appointed to the position of Title I Coordinator of Somerset County Public Schools from 1969 to 1970. Wayne was then appointed as the Director of Federal Programs for Somerset County from 1970 to 1974. In 1974, he served as the Coordinator of Human Relations with the Maryland State Department of Education. In 1980, he served as Coordinating Supervisor Supporting Services with Somerset County Public Schools. In 1981, he was appointed as the First Black Assistant Superintendent of Somerset County Public Schools. In 1988, Wayne was the First Black Superintendent of Somerset County Public Schools and served in this position until 1992. Wayne transitioned to the Department of Education as a Visiting Lecturer and Director of Field Experience at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore until his retirement.
Wayne remained active and committed to the educational, business, religious, fraternal and civic communities by serving on many committees and Boards. He was a lifelong member and supporter of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield, Maryland where he had held several positions in the Peninsula Delaware Conference. He served as a member of the Investment Committee, Personnel Committee, Pension Committee, Committee on Review and Apportionments, the Methodist Men's Association and Committee on Ordained Ministry. Wayne was a King David Consistory, 32nd Degree Mason; a lifelong member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and awarded the "Omega Man of the Year" on more than one occasion; and also a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity. He was inducted as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Hall of Fame in recognition of the Academic Excellence. Wayne also served on the McCready Memorial Hospital Governing Board for forty years, Crisfield Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Directors at SHORE UP, Inc., lifelong member of the NAACP, Somerset County Economic Development Committee, Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Governor Advocacy Committee of Eastern Shore Correctional Institution, Honorary Trooper of the Maryland State Police and many others too numerous to mention.
His legacy remains in Crisfield where the H. Dewayne Whittington Primary School was named in his honor; and also at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore where a portrait of Dr. H. DeWayne Whittington was unveiled.
He leaves to cherish fond memories his wife Louise of Marion Station; brother, Winfield Whittington (Rev. Doretha Whittington) of Marion Station; sisters, Evola Maddox, Ethel Taylor (Randolph) both of Crisfield and Shellie Jones (Rev. Frank Jones) of Thorofare, NJ; sisters-in-law, Lois Ward (William) of Crisfield, Bessie and Tyvoila Holden of Princess Anne; brother-in-law, Calvin Hall of Philadelphia, PA; three godsons, Anthony E. Ward, Jr. (Denean), Leon Ward (Kendra) and DeWayne Cane; two goddaughters, Hope Ward Austin (Warren) and Lena Ward; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held 12 noon Saturday at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center where friends may call two hours prior. Friends may also call Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Crisfield. At 7 p.m., ceremonial rites will begin by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Union Masonic Lodge 33 F & A.M. in that sequence. Interment will be held at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron. In lieu of flowers, donations can made be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church or to the Louise and DeWayne Scholarship Fund at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Arrangements entrusted to Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home in Princess Anne. Due to the Town of Princess Anne's Christmas Parade, please be advised those traveling to Princess Anne via Route 13, use MD Route 822 (UMES Blvd.) en route to UMES campus. To send condolences, please visit http://anthonyeward.com
Published in The Daily Times on Nov. 29, 2012