Raymond Ernest Whitney

Born: Wed., Mar. 22, 1933
Died: Mon., May 9, 2016

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Raymond Ernest Whitney, 83, Partridge Circle, Lock Haven passed away peacefully at his home Monday, May 9, 2016.  He was born in Evanston, IL on March 22, 1933 to Ernest B. and Lillian V. Dunn Whitney.


Raymond was united in marriage to Elizabeth C. Lauer  on August 21, 1965 in  Renovo who passed away March 16, 1998.


Raymond graduated from Penn State with a Master’s Degree in Chemistry and Mathematics. He retired from Lock Haven University in 2006 where he was a Professor of Mathematics for 42 years.  He was also an advanced problems and solutions editor for The Fibonacci Quarterly Journal.


Raymond in survived by his daughter Michele M. Whitney, Son-In-Law Kevin M. Ferrara and one grandson Justin B. Whitney of Hampton, VA.


n keeping with Raymond’s wishes there will be no funeral services.

 Memorial Donations will be accepted in Raymond’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001


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Margaret Quiggle Driver
   Posted Wed May 11, 2016
Dear Michele, Kevin, and Justin:
Please accept my most heartfelt, sincere condolences. Prof Whitney was truly a wonderful instructor, husband, father, and grandfather. He positively impacted the lives of thousands of people. The world has lost another great one. May he find peace in his eternal sleep.
Love & Friendship,

paulette bumgarner schwab
   Posted Wed May 11, 2016
my deepest sympathy to the family ray was a wonderful man and I enjoyed having him as a friend over the past years....he will be missed

Kevin Ferrara
   Posted Sun May 15, 2016
I was honored to have known Ray for 21 years..far too short but 21 amazing years none the less. Over the years, Ray taught me about being humble, not by lecturing me or handing me a textbook, but by just being himself. Ray was never a man of many words, but when he spoke, you listened because between the corny jokes or hilarious facial expressions he would make, there was always something important in the mix that you didn't want to miss.

From day one after meeting my wife, Ray and his late wife Elizabeth welcomed me into their home and treated me with kindness and respect. Ray was the type of guy that would literally give you the shirt off his back if he felt you needed it. Not a moment goes by now that I sit here and don't think of the man who brought so many smiles and laughs into my heart. I'll miss going out for dinner and not seeing Ray order one of his favorite drinks, a Bloody Mary extra spicy, occasionally having a few leading him to become extra goofy causing everyone to enjoy some great laughs.

I'm saddened that I won't get to hear more about the man, from the man himself, who grew up in a community outside Chicago, a city Ray loved sharing stories about during his travels as a kid, a young man, and then being an educator, and his most beloved accomplishment, a father. I remember visiting Chicago a few years ago and to my surprise, finding the Cigar shop he often spoke of. I purchased a few of his favorite smokes and brought them back where he graciously thanked me and enjoyed the flavor of them as he sat outside enjoying the warm sun...big ol' sunglasses in place. LOL

So I sit here quietly celebrating the life of Ray, a life that I am honored to have had a brief part of. Oh the stories that flood ones mind when a loved one is gone. Life with Ray was nothing short of an adventure, one that would definitely make for a great Hollywood movie, a comedy of course because that's what Ray would have wanted...to make people smile and laugh as that's what truly made him happy.

I love ya Ray and know that someday we'll cross paths again. Who knows...maybe you can find a way to sprinkle a little "Ray of Sunshine" on your Chicago Cubs and they get to the show this year...let's win one for Ray!

Bruce Walker, Jr
   Posted Mon May 16, 2016
My deepest sympathies to Mr. Whitney's family. He was one of my favorite teachers at LHU. I met him and his wife when they began buying Christmas trees from my parents tree farm in Swissdale. When I started college, I had him for several classes and enjoyed every one of them. He was great teacher and a great man. He will be missed.

Ray Allen
   Posted Mon May 23, 2016
Sympathy & kindest regards to the Whitney family & many friends wherever they may be. God bless 1 & all. Take care

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