WESTMINSTER — Theodore M. Whitfield is being remembered today as a man who dedicated his life to teaching and recording Civil War events and commemorating the participants in the fight over slavery in the 1860s.
A memorial service for the 85-year-old historian, who died Thursday after an extended illness, is scheduled for noon today at Westminster Baptist Church.
Whitfield was a professor of history emeritus at Western MarylandCollege, where he was chairman of the Department of History for manyyears.
He came to WMC in 1929 after receiving a bachelor's degreefrom the University of Richmond and a doctor of philosophy degree from the Johns Hopkins University.
The college recently honored Whitfield for 60 years of service and association with the institution.
His studies of the Civil War resulted in a number of written pieces, including "Slavery Agitation in Virginia, 1829-1832" and an essay on slavery and its relation to southern church history.
He also actively participated in historical events, such as Maryland's centennial celebration of the Civil War and the U.S. Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission 1937-1939.
He also was president for four years ofthe Carroll County Historical Society and was on the Board of Directors of Carroll County General Hospital.
A devoted churchman, he was honored on his 80th birthday by being made a deacon of Westminster United Methodist and Westminster Baptist churches.