C. SEARLE WHITNEY

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WHITNEY--C. Searle.

Born November 14,1944 - died March 27, 2015 to parents Cornelius V. Whitney and Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum. Searle grew up in his tender years in Old Westbury, New York. His most joyous times were the years in the different seasons in the Adirondacks. It brought him, at an early age in touch with nature. It became a part of him for his 70 years of life. He gave back this Joy. He graduated from Choate, Yale PhD and then to Harvard where He was chosen to work on a unique program, which was quite a secret in Computer Psychology. We, today are exposed to that unusual work in a current film "The Immitation Game". Leaving Harvard, changed the course of his life. He went West landing in Berkeley, California with the Adirondack soil still alive in him and under his thumb nails, he began to create beautiful untraditional gardens. Another passion was music. Chopin in the early years. He married Sarah Cross in the late 80's and had a son Harry C. Whitney. The marriage was short lived, but Searle passed both his passion for music and the great outdoors to Harry. Searle Whitney was an economist, psychologist and a philanthropist. He was very concerned about the effects of a growing human population on our communities and the environment. In 2006 he started the Institute for the Population Studies to raise awareness for population growth. According to Searle and what became the organization's mission statement "We can help solve all this by increasing access to low cost contraception, supporting women's rights, and increasing environmental awareness. With these tools, people everywhere can determine the best population size for their family, their region and the world." Searle fought a long two years battle of Hodgkins Lymphoma. In his ending, at Home with Hospice Care he had his old time music partner, Laura Lind who was also his significant other. His beloved son, Harry C. Whitney was by his side. There was a celebration of Searle Whitney, an extraordinary man, at All Saints Episcopal Church on Saturday, May 9, 2015. in Berkeley. His wonderful True Blue friends were all there to celebrate him and their music.

Published in The New York Times on May 10, 2015