Dr. Richard Murphy Whittington passed away on November 20, 2012. Dick was born in Louisville, KY on January 20, 1923, the son of Harold Hill and Mildred Murphy Whittington. He attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Georgetown University before attending Thomas Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia PA where he received his Doctor of Medicine in 1949. After serving in the United States Army in Korea and Walter Reed Army Hospital, Dick joined the Veterans Administration in 1952. He pursued a distinguished career in public service as a clinician, a researcher, and a health care administrator. Dick served in a number of positions within VA including Chief of Staff at the Cleveland VA Hospital and Associate Deputy Chief Medical Director, VA Headquarters, Washington DC before assuming the position of Chief of Staff at the Gainesville VA Medical Center in 1976. Before retiring from the Gainesville VA, Dick served as the Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care from 1992 - 1999. After 52 years of Government service, 47 of which were in VA, Dick's commitment to VA did not stop; continuing on in retirement as a consultant in geriatric medicine to the VA Network Director in FL until 2007. He had been residing in Palm Coast FL since 2011. He was preceded in death by his wives Eileen Cooney Whittington in 1987 and Joan Lewis Whit-tington in September 2012, and his son David Whittington in 2008.
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He is survived by his sister, Judy Whittington Streicher, his children Dr. Richard Whittington, Kathryn Enchelmayer, Anne Whittington, and Linda Ferguson, two step children, Lynn Morgan Lewis and Edward W. Lewis III, as well as 5 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held for both Dick and Joan Whittington on Saturday, December 8th, at 1:30 pm at The Village, Tower Club Ballroom, 8000 NW 27th Blvd, Gainesville, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either 1) North Florida Foundation for Research and Education, Inc. (Attn: GRECC Fund), North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, 1601 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608 or 2) Operation Catnip, P.O. Box 141023, Gainesville, FL 32614. For online condolences go to: www.craigflaglerpalms.com.
Arrangements are in the care and trust of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2012