William Jackson Whitener
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UNION, SC-- Col. William Jackson Whitener of Union died Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
Born April 21, 1922 in Mt. Holly, NC, Col. Whitener was a son of the late David Henry Whitener and Elizabeth Jane Barrett Whitener. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years Martha Pacolet Sarratt Whitener. He grew up in Gastonia, NC and attended NC State University before graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1946. An Infantry officer, he served in varied assignments throughout the world, commanding a Reconnaissance Platoon in the 1st Infantry Division, Parachute Company in the 82nd Airborne Division, an Infantry Battalion in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, and a Mechanized Brigade in the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany. He held staff assignments at the Battalion, Battle Group, Regiment, and Army Group level. He taught English at the United States Military Academy and from 1967-69 was Chief of Staff there.
Col. Whitener received his Master of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and his Master of Science in International Affairs from George Washington University. During his Army career, he graduated from the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Benning, the US Army Command and Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Naval War College, and the Air War College.
After retiring from the Army in 1975, Whitener became Dean of the University of South Carolina at Union from 1977 to 1984, becoming the first Dean Emeritus of that campus. He served on the SC Commission on Higher Education from 1985-93 and was Chairman of that Commission from 1988-93. During this time he served on Gov. Campbell's Commission on the Future, the Board of Trustees of the SC Research Authority and the SC General Assembly's Select Committee for the Education Improvement Act.
He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities by Lander University.
In 1993, he was asked to serve as Interim Chancellor of the University of South Carolina-Upstate. During this time he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto.
Active in Rotary for over 37 years, Col. Whitener served as President of the Union club and as
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2012