In Memory

Robert Stevens Whitmore Jr - Class Of 1934

Robert Stevens Whitmore Jr

Robert S Whitmore, Jr  passed away peacefully on December 26, 2003, in Arcadia, California at age 87.  Born on June 20, 1916 in South Pasadena to Robert S. and Lois (Thompson) Whitmore, he grew up in South Pasadena and graduated from South Pasadena High School, and later from USC.

He was an Army Veteran of WW II and Chief Finance Warrant Officer, 40th Division in the Korean War.  While serving in WW II he met and married his lifetime sweetheart, Marcella (Atkins), February 23, 1945.  As a couple, they were inseparable.  They made their residence in Arcadia for 47 years, where he served at times, on various committees in the local school district. 

In business, he was first with Bank of America, later, Controller of Founders Insurance Co., then back to banking as V.P. Corporate Banking as National Insurance Liaison for Secruity Pacific National Bank, finally retiring in 1984.  A lifelong Republican, he became active in the party, and served with distinction, two terms as L.A. County Chairman.  He was a member of State Central Comm., re-elected many times to his A.D. Comm.

Bob was an active member of Michillinda Presbyterian Church, serving several times as a Ruling Elder, Trustee and Treasurer.  He was President of Bank of America's Retiree Chapter, San Gabriel Valley, and was elected for a second term at the time of his death.  He was a continuing member of the Southern California Advisory Council of the National Guard of California.

His greatest enjoyment was family time with his children and grandchildren.  His best-loved hobby was genealogy, going back to the Village of Whitmore, in England and putting an uncle's Civil War letters into book-form.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his adoring children; daughter Susan (Peter) Hunter of Alpine, Robert (Adrianne) Whitmore III, loving grandchildren Matthew and Emily Whitmore of Chino Hills, plus many nieces and nephews, and his wife Marcella's loving twin sister, Luella Seydewitz.  He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Barbara Whitmore Campbell (SPHS '37).