Dorothy Whitman

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Dorothy Whitman GETTYSBURG Dorothy Kamm Whitman died on July 4, 2013, at Lutheran Village in Gettysburg. She was born on February 1, 1928, in Harrisburg, the daughter of Herbert and Adele Kamm. She graduated from John Harris High School in 1946 and attended Elizabethtown College for two years. In 1949, she married Aaron T. Whitman of Rexmont. She earned a degree from Lebanon Valley College in 1958 and taught elementary school children until her retirement in 1984. After ten years at Phoenixville, in Chester County, in the 1960s, she enjoyed a similar stint as a roving teacher of the gifted in Schuylkill County, in the 1970s and early 80s. She also taught at Cleona, Palmyra, and Sunbury. She and Aaron retired to Mt. Gretna in 1984, where Dorothy was active in Winterites, and as a volunteer tutor to people who wanted to learn English and study for their American citizenship exams. She watched birds, played bridge, experimented with new dishes in the kitchen, and kept up her reputation for good strawberry shortcake, spring peas, and meatloaf. In 2007, four years after Aaron's death, Dorothy relocated to Gettysburg to be near her son, Stephen Whitman. She had lifelong interests in drawing and painting, and a deep concern for politics. A staunch Democrat, one of her proudest moments was to vote - from a hospital bed - for Barack Obama in 2008. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Nancy Whitman of Gettysburg, who thank all who visited Dorothy or who have shared memories of her. She is also survived by her sister, Viola Warefield, of St. Petersburg, Florida, by many nieces, nephews and relations by marriage, and by a few close friends. Anyone wishing to commemorate her life can consider donating to her favorite causes, such as The Nature Conservancy, Planned Parenthood, or the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Published in Lebanon Daily News on July 10, 2013
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