Arthur Holmes Whitman, Jr.

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Member of the Silver Stringers
Contributor to the Melrose Mirror

I was born in Melrose on May 31, 1926 and grew up on the East Side, attending the Winthrop School 1930-37; the Coolidge School 1938-39; the HS on the parkway 1940-44. Then Navy Reserve enlistment 1945-46, Seaman 1st class (Quartermaster striker) on the USS Arlington Ap174 in the north Pacific and Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington) on the GI Bill for a BA in Political Science in 1950. Immediately following graduation I began three years teaching English at Robert College (the oldest American College abroad) preparatory division on the Bosphorus, Istanbul Turkey.

There followed six years in New York with the Near East Society and the Near East College Association before marriage to Marianne Morse* 1957 - (also of Melrose) and returning to Istanbul to oversee the financial affairs of schools and medical institutions in Greece, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. In 1966, the Centennial Year of the American University of Beirut, I was invited to Beirut to establish a public relations and fund-raising program in the Middle East that would sustain AUB in perpetuity. In 1976 I returned to the New York office of AUB to work with Howard Page of Standard Oil of New Jersey and the AUB trustees on a major gifts campaign.

I retired at 65 in 1991 having returned to the family farm in Auburn, Maine and taking up a variety of community, national and international interests: Editorship and production of local newspapers with circulation of 22,000; Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Maine; Executive Director of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; Treasurer of the Veterans for Peace/Maine founded just 21 years ago about a mile from our farm.

*Marianne is related to Samuel Findley Breeze Morse, noted artist and involved in the development of the Morse code and the magnetic telegraph. She grew up in the Melrose Highlands and has some Melrose stories, too. We have been married for 50 years.

March 15, 2007

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