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August 3, 1932 - March 23, 2016 Tom Whedon passed away on March 23, 2016. He was 83. He was a writer/producer whose career spanned over four decades. He was the son of television and radio writer John Whedon ("The Great Gildersleeve", "Mayberry RFD", "The Donna Reed Show", "The Dick Van Dyke Show".) Tom's writing career got its start at Philips Exeter Academy where he wrote the senior musical "Ticonderoga!". At Harvard, he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon and the Hasty Pudding Show. Upon his move to New York City, he wrote lyrics with composer Sam Pottle for two off-Broadway productions, "Money" and "All Kinds of Giants". He worked as stage manager for the Ed Sullivan Show and then wrote for the television shows "Captain Kangaroo", "The Dick Cavett Show", and "The Electric Company," where he won an Emmy Award. After moving to Los Angeles, he wrote episodes for "Alice", "Benson", "Maggie," "United States" and "It's A Living " before serving as co-executive producer of "The Golden Girls", for which he was nominated for a second Emmy. He later returned to educational television writing "Between the Lions". Upon retirement, he taught writing at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Tom is survived by his wife, Pam, and sons Jed and Zack, and Samuel, Matthew and Joss (by first wife Lee Jeffries), six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, remembrance can be offered by donating to the Lupus Foundation of America. A memorial celebration of Tom's life will be held on Sunday, April 3. If you would like to attend the celebration, please contact [email protected]
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 3, 2016
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