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David G. Whitlock


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David G. Whitlock Obituary
David Graham Whitlock passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on May 26, 2017 at the University of Colorado Hospital. He led a rich full life and will be missed dearly by his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. Dave was born on August 26, 1924 in Portland Oregon to Bert Worden Whitlock and Janelle Elise Whitlock. He attended Grant High School in Portland and received a BS in Biology at Oregon State University. Dave earned MD and PhD degrees in 1949 and 1951 from the University of Oregon Medical School. While a medical student, he met the love of his life, Mary Margaret (Peggy) McDowd, and they married on September 2, 1948. After graduation, Dave, Peggy and infant son David spent the year in Pisa, Italy at the Institute of Physiology. He was then stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where daughter Cathy Lynn was born in 1953. In 1955, Dave joined the faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse New York. Son Bryce Worden was born there in 1957. Dave accepted a position as Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy at the University of Colorado Medical Center in 1967 where he spent the rest of his career. Dave was an expert of human anatomy and his research focused on understanding the brain and spinal cord. His team was the first to develop a method for tracing neuroanatomy with radioautography. Over the decades, Dave published more than 64 scientific papers, won teaching awards, and inspired many medical and graduate students and post-docs to succeed in their careers. In 1992, he was co-Investigator of The National Library of Medicine's The Visible Human Project, which was published as books and videodiscs, as well as an online 3D atlas of human anatomy that is used by medical professionals around the world. He was President of the Association of Anatomy Chairman, Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists, an Honored Member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Cajal Club of Neuroscience. Dave had a passion for learning and discovery that extended from science to nature to Civil War history to technology. He traveled to New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and Saudia Arabia during his career, and these trips were the inspiration for lectures at St Andrews Village. Dave loved flyfishing and bird hunting and had many adventures in the backcountry with family and friends. He enjoyed life to the fullest, adored his wife, was proud of his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed his friends. He always felt that he was a very lucky man. Dave is survived and always in the hearts of his family: Mary Margaret (wife); David Ernst (son) and Ann Schneider Whitlock; Cathy Lynn Whitlock (daughter) and Bob Gresswell; Bryce Worden (son) and Allison Shorter Whitlock; grandchildren Sam David, Ross Henry, Ian Wendell, and Devon Janelle; and step-grandchildren Jessye Rose and Owen Carter. The family thanks the doctors and nurses at the University of Colorado Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit for their excellent care, and the staff and friends at St Andrews. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Andrews Village, 13801 E. Yale Avenue on July 21 at 1-3 pm. In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to the David Whitlock Memorial Fund, University of Colorado Foundation, PO Box 17126, Denver CO 80217. Please note David's name on the memo line and make check payable to the CU Foundation or give online at www.giving.cu.edu/DavidWhitlock.
Published in Denver Post from June 3 to June 5, 2017
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