Rev. Allan Whatley Episcopal priest

September 13, 1993

The Rev. Allan Whatley, the retired rector of the Great DTC Choptank Episcopal Parish -- also known as Christ Church -- in Cambridge, died of gastric carcinoma at Dorchester General Hospital Friday. He was 91.

Born in Belleoram, Newfoundland, Father Whatley attended classes in a two-room schoolhouse there through the 10th grade. He then attended Bishop's Field High School in St. John's, Newfoundland.

At age 18, he attended a business school and completed a six-month business course. After graduation, he went to work for a wholesale and retail business to earn enough to finance his move to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to attend the University of King's College.

After completing two years at King's, he was accepted at Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, where he graduated in 1925 with a bachelor's in economics, psychology and philosophy.

He continued his education at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. To pay his expenses there, he worked in the seminary library. He also taught classes at St. Thomas, St. Bartholomew and Trinity churches in New York.

After being awarded bachelor's and master's degrees in theology at General, he did further graduate work at New York University, where he received a master's degree in educational psychology and economics.

His ministry took him first to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Newark, N.J. In 1930, he moved to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Fort Lee, N.J.

Later, he served at St. John's Church, Union City, N.J., and St. Thomas Church in Newark before moving to Great Choptank Parish in Cambridge in 1952. During his 17 years of ministry there, he organized a convention for clergy and their wives as well as a comprehensive fund-raising program. Father Whatley was an active supporter of the Maryland Eye Bank, beginning in 1965, and was a member of its Board of Directors. In 1980, its Allan Whatley Eye Processing Laboratory was dedicated.

He was on the board of Dorchester General Hospital, a charter member of the Cambridge Lions Club and the chaplain for 25 years of the Cambridge Yacht Club.

Services will be at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Christ Episcopal Church, Church and High streets, Cambridge.

He is survived by two sons, Kenneth Fountain Whatley of Tulsa, Okla., and Allan Whatley Jr. of Teaneck, N.J.; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Rev. Allan Whatley Restricted Endowment Fund of Christ Church, Great Choptank Parish, P.O. Box 456, Cambridge 21613; or to the St. John's Chapel Restricted Endowment Fund, c/o George Corbett, 1020 Ross Thumb Road, Cambridge, 21613.

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