James Douglas Whitney

Obituary
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    - Stephen McNamee
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    - Dan Knauss
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    - Matt Borowiec
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James Douglas Whitney 83, died at home June 10, 2014 with Nancy, his wife of 59 years, at his side. He is survived by their sons, Douglas Carter Whitney, Keith John Whitney and James Apel Whitney; their wives, Jeanne Benda Whitney, Jeanne Aulgur Whitney and Laura Scheerer Whitney and five grandchildren, Eva Aulgur Whitney, Sophie Jane Whitney, August William Whitney, Christopher Douglas Whitney and Conrad George Whitney. He is also survived by his younger brother, Dr. Peter Julius Whitney and his wife, Sally Wheeler Whitney. His unique sense of humor and magnanimous disposition will be missed by all who knew him. He was a loving and devoted husband, a caring father, and doting grandfather. He leaves behind a lifetime of happy memories and a caring spirit that he passed on to those who loved him. He was born June 30, 1930 and attended Bucknell University where he met his wife Nancy. He served briefly in the Army and married shortly thereafter. He attended the University of Buffalo Law School and passed both the Arizona and New York State bar. He moved to Arizona where he worked in the Cochise County Attorneys' Office in Bisbee, Arizona and private practice before joining the United States Attorneys' Office in Tucson, where he did the work that he loved the most. Although he left the United States Attorneys' Office for a few years, he was able to return and finish his career there. In the course of his legal career, he presented oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court and the other Federal Appellate Courts. He loved reading, the occasional round of golf, practicing his trombone, and enjoying the beauty of his ranch in Southern Arizona. He will be deeply missed. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.


Funeral Home
Bring's Broadway Chapel
6910 East Broadway Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85710
(520) 296-7193
Funeral Home Details
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on June 22, 2014
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