Deceased October 12, 2014

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In Memory

Whitey died on Oct. 12. He was an excellent football player, selected as “All Western Mass” while at Pittsfield High School. He took a postgrad year at Mount Hermon Academy before entering Amherst. There Whitey played football, was an American studies major and joined Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Prior to his senior year, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Hughes.

Whitey served in U.S. Army in Korea from 1956 to 1957. He then began a 25-year career with the John Hancock Insurance Co., finishing as the general agent in charge of the Hamden, Conn., office. Whitey went on to own a successful Bailey Employment Agency. His last job was as a driver for Hertz, shuttling rental cars all over southern Connecticut and metropolitan New York City. On weekends, Pat and he would drive throughout New England for pleasure.

Whitey was an excellent golfer and past president of the New Haven Country Club. He had served as president of the Easter Seals Goodwill Industries in New Haven. Whitey had a big personality, was compassionate and had a great sense of humor.

Besides Pat, Whitey is survived by daughter Laurie, sons Robert and Scott and seven grandchildren. Four classmates and spouses attended the wake for friends on Oct. 15. They were Frank ’55 and Dusty Downey, Lee ’55 and Bev Hildreth, Abe ’55 and Mary Jo Moses and Chuck ’56 and Pat McCarthy, along with Priscilla Kisiel W’55. It was the biggest crowd these Amherst grads had ever seen at a wake. This was a wonderful tribute to Whitey, who lived in the New Haven area since 1957, and a grand farewell to a good friend. Over the years Whitey and Pat were regulars at homecoming games and class reunions. In recent years, they met Amherst classmates for lunch regularly at a restaurant off I-91.

Frank Downey ’55
Lee Hildreth ’55
Laurie Docknevich (daughter)

50th Reunion

Reflections: My Amherst experience revolved around football, DKE house and bar, C&C Package Store and riding on the back of a fire truck to the North Amherst Church fire! Don't remember any professors, never liked school at any point, Amherst included! I don't think Amherst had anything to do with my life after Amherst except the bond developed with Hildreth, Downy, Maclennan, Kisiel over 50+ years along with our wives, although Aida Hildreth left us early.

However, I have the utmost respect for Amherst, the town and the College, and those classmates in business and the professions who have done us all proud!

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