WARREN WITHERELL
WARREN WITHERELL - MIDDLEBURY - Warren Witherell passed peacefully near Middlebury on May 26, 2014, surrounded by family, friends, poetry readings and lilacs. He was 79 years old. Warren is survived by his two daughters, Dr. Holly Mata and Dr. Heidi Witherell; sisters, Wendy Hill and Fayette Witherell; and brother, Charles. Warren is also survived by a large extended family and a worldwide group of friends, athletes, educators and students. Warren graduated from Wesleyan University in 1956 and founded Burke Mountain Academy in 1971, where he served as headmaster, English teacher and coach. He promoted the innate ability of student-athletes to thrive and learn in a non-graded and physically active school. Through his coaching, over 115 students and alumni of the school have been named to the U.S. Ski Team, and 43 to Olympic Teams. Warren came out of retirement to become headmaster of Crested Butte Academy (2004 2008) where he was the foundation of the school's success launching several top athletes to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams. As an author, Warren wrote: "How the Racers Ski" (1972) and co-authored "The Athletic Skier" (1993) and "Lessons from Burke - One School That Works" (in process) with David Evrard. Honored for his athletic achievements and contributions, Warren was inducted into two Athletic Halls of Fame for both snow skiing and water skiing. He set multiple World Records in Water Skiing, including five world water skiing titles. For over 50 years, Warren coached young athletes including 25 World Champions and over 15 Olympians in the sports of snow and water skiing. A celebration of his life and his contributions to education and athletics will be held at Burke Mountain Academy in October 2014.

Published by The Burlington Free Press on May 31, 2014.
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My belated sympathy to the Warren Witherell family for their loss. And for the loss of one of the greatest world water skiers of all times. I 1st
met Warren during a national water ski tournament in the late 1950s. At that time he skied on a Northland concave that he designed himself, and, also the same design that Billy Spencer used to become unbeatable, such as the great Warren. As my friend, he offered me tournament advice that helped me later in my tournament career. I will dearly miss him.
Chuck Stearns
Friend
May 28, 2021
My belated sympathy to the Warren Witherell family for their loss. And for the loss of one of the greatest world water skiers of all times. I 1st
met Warren during a national water ski tournament in the late 1950s. At that time he skied on a Northland concave that he designed himself, and, also the same design that Billy Spencer used to become unbeatable, such as the great Warren. As my friend, he offered me tournament advice that helped me later in my tournament career. I will dearly miss him.
Chuck Stearns
Friend
May 28, 2021
My belated sympathy to the Warren Witherell family for their loss. And for the loss of one of the greatest world water skiers of all times. I 1st
met Warren during a national water ski tournament in the late 1950s. At that time he skied on a Northland concave that he designed himself, and, also the same design that Billy Spencer used to become unbeatable, such as the great Warren. As my friend, he offered me tournament advice that helped me later in my tournament career. I will dearly miss him.
Chuck Stearns
Friend
May 28, 2021
Warren was truly a multi-dimensional guy. When I was a 16-year-old budding photographer, he took particular interest in my work, even though it had nothing to do with sports. He was a talented writer in addition to a notable athlete & coach—the first real renaissance man I ever knew.
Todd Lockwood
June 21, 2014
Just found out about Warren condolences to all
Tom /Kathy Conerty
Tom Conerty
June 6, 2014
Warren was a fantastic ski coach and much looked up to mentor in my youthful years in Lake Placid. I'll always be grateful for his leadership and his counsel. He will always have a special place in my memories.
Heidi Hess Griffeth
June 5, 2014
I first met Warren when I attended Northwood School - best teacher I ever had. When I heard of his passing, and spread the word to other Northwood friends, I only had to say "Warren passed away". They knew right away who I was talking about. No last name needed, and that, in itself, is a pretty good tribute. My life is richer for having met him.
Dave Gibson
June 5, 2014
Charley and family,
Many great Northwood memories with W2 on the "Super bus" for those old enough to remember.
One of the best
RIP W2
Jeff Berger
June 3, 2014
Lots of great memories of Warren competing in water skiing at Lex Carroll's pond in Oakham, MA and the many other sites throughout New England... especially cool when he could arrive in his Lake amphibian.

My sincere condolences to Holly and Heidi on the loss of your father. He had a very positive impact on so many people and he will be remembered well by them all.
John Zanchi
June 2, 2014
All my sympathies to the extended Witherell family on your loss. Warren was an icon in his field, but had a warm heart that complemented his creative mind. Thank you all for having me a be a part of your family and getting the opportunity to know Warren. He will be missed.

John Wright
John Wright
June 2, 2014
While I only knew Warren for a very short time he left a lasting impression on my family. He was my father's roomate in rehab and his friendship helped my father get better. For this I am greatful. I am very sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family! May Warren live on through your memories! RIP Warren!
Holly O'Brien
June 2, 2014
I was very lucky to have Warren for a roommate at Starr Farm during my three weeks of rehab. Became friends and stayed in touch via e-mails or on the phone. We were planning a lunchen. My löse for not doing it sooner. He made my stay much easier during rehab and the nurses and staff would come into our room and they new we would be watching some kind of sports or Warren on the phone with family or friends. Will miss you my friend. God Bless and my prayers go out to the family. Home to see you all at Burke in October.
Gary Little
June 1, 2014
Warren's creative energy and mindful insights transformed skiing for a generation of athletes. And he was always willing to share the message.
David Neumeister
June 1, 2014
For more than a decade Warren and I have shared a love of UCONN women's basketball as well as a broad sentiment of curiosity of why things are the way they are when there were obvious solutions and improvements available. Warren's mind rarely turned off and was always boiling with some insight or idea for how things could be made better. The hours we spent on the phone in conversations on footwear, foul shooting, ski equipment, bio-mechanics, school and education, and a dozen other topics will be greatly missed. He understood what it was to be blessed to be a blessing.
Pastor Bill Esborn
June 1, 2014
Warren was a profoundly nice man, always willing to take the time to share his insight to help an athlete to improve in any sport. He will be missed.
Bob Marino
June 1, 2014
On the UConn Womens Basketball site the Boneyard Warrens screen name was Ole Coach. He was loved by all and his knowledge and wit were unique. God Bless you Ole Coach. We miss you. Tonyc
Tony Coppola
June 1, 2014
Charlie and Pam... So sorry for your loss...Warren had a life well lived... May he rest in peace...
Wayne (and Becky) Davis
May 31, 2014
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