Henry Lawrence Whittemore, former Bethlehem cathedral dean, dies at 93

February 7, 2011

The Very Rev. Henry Lawrence (Larry) Whittemore Jr., former dean of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, died Jan. 30 in Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington with his family at his side, according to an obituary published in the Burlington Free Press. He was 93.

After serving with the U.S. Army in Sri Lanka and Burma, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service, Whittemore studied at the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 1948, he was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut where he served as assistant rector at Trinity Church in Hartford and as vicar of Old St. Andrew's Church in Bloomington.

He also served parishes in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. In 1967, he accepted a call to be dean and rector of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where he served until his retirement in 1983.

In retirement, Whittemore served as vicar of St. Andrew's Church in Boca Grande, Florida, for five years, before moving with his wife to Landgrove, and then to Middlebury, where they resided for 16 years, the article said. In 2007, they moved to Equinox Village in Manchester Center.

Whittemore was a deputy to four General Conventions and a trustee of the Philadelphia Divinity School and of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He was an instructor at the Philadelphia Divinity School and taught homiletics at EDS and at the Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem.

Whittemore is survived by Elizabeth, his wife of 59 years, two children, two grandchildren and a brother.

Services were held at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester Center on Feb. 4.

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