We are saddened to hear of the death of long time Carriage Barn supporter, Mr. Kenneth J. Whalen. Mr. Whalen, of Dorset, Vermont and Vero Beach, Florida, died in September 2014 in Vero Beach after a brief illness.
He was born in Whitehall, New York in 1923. An accomplished athlete, he attended Whitehall High School, Dartmouth College, and graduated from Union College in 1949. Mr. Whalen was a member of the 1949 Eastern College All Star football team which defeated the New York Giants in the 11th annual Fresh Air Fund Game.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Stockdale, a destroyer escort which saw action in the North Atlantic and Pacific theaters, and participated in the search for Amelia Earhart.
Mr. Whalen retired from AT&T in 1984 as an Executive Vice President after a 34 year career in the Bell Telephone Company. He served on the boards of a number of companies, including Warner Lambert, American Motors, Manulife, and Core Industries.
He and his wife of 65 years, Bette Whalen, were active supporters of numerous civic, charitable, and academic organizations, including Union College in Schenectady, NY and Long Trail School in Dorset, VT.
A lifelong Catholic, he worshipped at St. Paul’s in Manchester, VT and at The Church of the Holy Cross in Vero Beach, FL. Mr. Whelan was a Knight of Malta.
Our thoughts are with Mr. Whalen’s family and friends. He will be fondly remembered.