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Whitney, Yenwith
Dec. 22, 1924 - April 12, 2011

Dr. Yenwith Whitney of Sarasota, Fla. died April 12, 2011 after a long illness. He was 86.
Dr. Whitney led a long and fruitful life of service in a variety of venues. In 1943 "Yen" enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a member of the 301st fighter squadron. He served as a fighter pilot in Europe during WWII as a member of the elite Tuskegee Airmen. After the war he graduated from MIT on the GI Bill and worked for a time in aeronautical engineering. He met and married Muriel Johnson in 1951 and had two daughters. As members of NYC's Church of the Master he and Muriel joined the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church and began a life of service to the Church. He served in Cameroun, West Africa as a teacher of math and physics for ten years. Upon returning to the USA, Yen became a lay church executive for the Presbyterian Church. While serving as Associate for Educational Services he earned a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. He briefly served as principal of Boggs Academy in Keysville, Ga. While there Muriel died in 1978. A year and a half later he married Lorenza (Lori) Washington. Yen continued his church service as Liaison with Africa and later as Associate for Southern Africa. He and Lori moved to Louisville, Ky. in 1988 where the headquarters of the United Presbyterian Church in the USA had relocated. He retired in 1992 and they moved to Sarasota, Fla. in 1998.
While in Sarasota Yen became deeply involved in church work at the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, serving as an elder. He was a member of the Boule. He worked with MIT and its alumni association in their recruitment efforts. He also worked with the Tuskegee Airmen Association, giving talks to many groups about his wartime experiences. His wife Lorenza died in 2008. He is survived by his daughters Dr. Saundra Curry and Karen Whitney, step-son Earl Tucker, son-in-law Donald Curry and grandson Peter Curry, a sister, Ada Robinson, and many nieces and nephews.
Yenwith Whitney is in repose at the Toale Brothers Funeral Home, 40 North Orange, Sarasota, with wakes scheduled for Sunday, April 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. The funeral will take place on Monday, April 18, 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, 2050 Oak Street.


Published in Herald Tribune from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2011
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