Carl Era Whipple,
former superintendent of Warren public schools, died Monday, Jan. 10,
2000, in Evans, Ga.
He was born July 31, 1903, in Edinboro, a son of the
late Marcus Erastus and Nancy Luanie Alderman Whipple. A 1922 graduate of
Edinboro Normal School, he attained a bachelor's degree in 1925 and a
master's degree in 1930 from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate
in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1940. He began his
professional career as assistant principal at Rouseville, Pa. High School
in 1922. He headed the science department at Altoona Senior High
School from 1926 to 1930, when he became principal of D.S. Keith Junior
High School in Altoona. Dr. Whipple took a leave of absence from
that position to enter the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving as education officer
aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger from 1943 to 1945. He was
named superintendent of schools in Warren in 1949, a position held until
his retirement in 1966. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa
Delta Pi and Kappa Phi Kappa honorary education fraternities.
Dr. Whipple was instrumental in organizing Warren
County's housing authority in 1970 and served as its chairman for the
first 25 years of its existence, retiring in 1995 at age 92. As
chairman, he oversaw the construction of safe, decent and affordable
public housing in Warren, Youngsville and Tidioute, including Conewango
Towers, Allegheny Village, Brokenstraw Center, Rouse Manor Apartments and
He was an active member of First Baptist Church in
Warren, where over the years he was a member of the Diaconate and board of
trustees. He taught Quaintance Class and sang in the choir.
Dr. Whipple served as chairman of the Baptist Oil Creek Association
Missionary Committee. In 1966 and 1967 he went to India where he
served as a consultant to the combined Protestant Mission Boards at
Kodaikanal and Woodstock schools, assisting them in curriculum development
and in gaining accreditation for their courses of instruction.
During this period, he also gave lectures in the field of education in
India, Japan, and the Philippine Islands. Later, he lectured on his
experiences in India throughout the northeastern United States. The
American Baptist churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware presented him with
their Church and Community Award in 1978. He was past president and
past secretary of Warren Rotary Club, past president and member of the
advisory council of Chief Cornplanter Council, Boy Scouts of America and a
member of North Star Lodge 241 F and AM. He was a life member of
Pennsylvania Retired Public School Employees' Association and was cited
by that organization on 1976 for his work on its behalf. He
was also a member of Warren-Forest County Retired Teachers' Association;
Experience, Inc.; Northern Allegheny Conservation Association; and Warren
Color Camera Club. The Warren County Chamber of Commerce presented
him with its Community Service Award in 1976. Since residing with
his daughter and son-in-law in Evans, he attended First Baptist Church in
Evans. He was made an honorary member of the Augusta West Rotary
club in 1998 and was active in the Senior Center in Augusta, GA.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death
in 1994 by his wife, Marion Elder Robbins Whipple, whom he married in
1924; a a brother, Dr. Ray O. Whipple, Lebanon, Pa., and three sisters,
Sylvia M. Skelton, Edinboro, and Mable and Evelyn Whipple, both of
Dr. Whipple is survived by a son, Caryll R. Whipple,
Fairfax, Va.; a daughter, Nancy Whipple Erbland, Evans; 10 grandchildren
and 22 great-grandchilldren.
Arrangements are being made for a memorial service in
Warren. Plans will be announced when available.
The family suggests memorial donations to the Dr.
Carl E. Whipple Scholarship Fund, c/o the Housing Authority of the County
of Warren, Attn; Jetta Bishop.
Warren Times, Warren, PA