{ "" }
Share THOMAS's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share

Of Washington, DC, on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Born in St. Louis, MO, on April 20, 1930, a graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Columbia College and Cornell Law School, Tom was an energetic community advocate throughout his life, most recently in areas of planning, transportation and the environment. With real estate law as his specialty, he worked for Bethlehem Steel for over 20 years and later was Vice President and Counsel of a real estate brokerage firm in Manhattan. After retiring from corporate life, he was a tour guide in Washington, DC, for 15 years and an ANC Commissioner in Ward 3 for four years. Tom's interests were many and he passionately embraced life. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Whitley; by his daughter, Janine Whitley and son, Christopher Whitley; by his stepdaughter, Jennifer McAllister and stepson Erik Roberts (Mandy), and by his step-grandson, Alexander Bonn. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on July 30 at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Washington Post on Jun. 26, 2015.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
9 entries
July 21, 2015
I am truly sorry at this loss for all of us. Ernest Henley
July 13, 2015
Tom was so alive! Always in a good mood. He shared his love for jazz and Chuck Redd. I always think of Tom when I hear good Jazz.
Susan Taylor
July 13, 2015
I will so miss my dear friend, Tom, who never let me lose sight of what the world needs most. Sure, we have to do something about the water crisis and clean energy and safe sidewalks (and he definitely wouldn't let anyone forget about that), but we'd get nowhere without enthusiastic, persistent, community-building advocates just like him. I hope that we can all take inspiration from Tom's life and find some way to improve our world just a little every day.

To Carol and to your whole family - I'm so sorry for your loss, and my heart goes out to you all at this sad time.
Kara Davis
July 12, 2015
Carole, I am so sorry for your loss. You two lite up any celebration at VASA and set a positive tone was infectious. Tom was a good man and I will miss him when I come back to see you and the "rest of the gang". Take good care of yourself. Love to you.
Glenna Langley
July 12, 2015
Tom was a wonderful supporter of the University of the District of Columbia. He could often be found at various events, meetings, and even just wandering the halls upon occasion! His presence will be greatly missed.

- Leslie Malone, UDC CAUSES
Leslie Malone
July 9, 2015
Dear Carol - Vicki and I were deeply saddened to hear of Tom's passing. We enjoyed seeing him every week at church where he always had a ready smile for us. I particularly loved to hear about his passion for education, especially concerning the environment. We will miss him. Out thoughts and prayers are with you during this time -
George Petrides
July 8, 2015
Dear Carol - We were so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We remember spending happy times with him. He was so energetic and enthusiastic. Please know you have our sincere sympathy. Bobbie & Dick
Richard Zdanis
July 8, 2015
Carol, I enjoyed meeting Tom a few times in the past, and am very sorry to hear of his passing and your loss. I look forward to seeing you again the next time we are all in DC.

Hebrew University, and AUI
Scott Kirkpatrick
July 7, 2015
Dear Carol:

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the memory of your good times together, a few of which I was privileged to share,
be a comfort to you.

Best wishes to you and your family,

Barry Cooperman
Barry Cooperman
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences