John W. Whitmore, 98, of Hagerstown died April 7th, 2018, at Ravenwood Nursing Home.
Born in Hagerstown May 7th, 1919, he was the son of the late Walter Strite and Christine Heist Whitmore.
He was an honor graduate in the class of 1936 of Hagerstown High School. He graduated cum laude, with a BS in Music Education, from Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia, in the class of 1941.
He was employed by Fairchild Aircraft Corporation in Hagerstown for fifteen years, and worked in Fairchild's New York office from 1943 to 1946. While with Fairchild he worked as a Tool Design Consultant with the Coast and Geodetic Survey in Washington, D.C. where a coordinate setting machine was developed for precision locating of critical attach points in building aircraft fixtures. He worked for Thieblot Aircraft Company in Martinsburg, WV as Chief Tool Designer from 1956 to 1958. He was employed in 1958 by the Jamison Door Company in Hagerstown as Chief Draftsman and as Plant Maintenance and Tool Design Engineer. He also served as the company's staff photographer. He retired in 1988, but continued to work as a tooling consultant for the Jamison Door Company, and for Jerr-Dan Corporation of Greencastle, PA.
He was active in music. He sang with the Collegiate Chorale and the Robert Shaw Chorale of New York City from 1943-1946. The Chorales sang in Christmas Eve broadcasts with the NBC & CBS orchestras, and made several appearances in Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic orchestra. The Chorale sang with the Fred Waring Pennsylvanians in Carnegie Hall, and in Madison Square Garden. He was known locally as a soloist and choral director. He directed the Fairchild Chorale 1948-1950, the Hagerstown Barbershop Chorus 1956-1959, St. Paul's Methodist Church Choir 1946-1947, The First Christian Church Choir 1947-1948, and then became soloist and choirmaster at St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown. He remained active in St. John's church, assisting with the music program, and directed the choir for many years. He taught a class in Music appreciation at what is now Hagerstown Community College for thirteen years.
He studied painting, both locally and at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. He was a member of and in 1969 served as president of the Hagerstown Art Club which is now known as the Valley Art Association.
He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth W. Fravel of Annapolis Md., two grandchildren, Christine E. Fravel of Nashville, TN, and John W. Fravel of Jacksonville, FL, and a brother, Edwin W. Whitmore, of Hartford CT.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the late Dorothy McCullough Whitmore, his fiancé, Florence Korb, of Hagerstown, one brother, R. Marcus Whitmore of Frederick, MD, and one sister, Ellen Whitmore Cordray of Portsmouth, VA.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends at the church immediately after the service. His ashes will be interred in St. John's columbarium. Harman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 South Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740, or to any charity of choice.