Robert H. Whitmore III, 86, passed away peacefully Monday, May 6, 2019, at his home in Virginia Beach. He was born May 27, 1932, in Portland, Maine, to Robert H. Whitmore Jr. and Buela Althea Whittemore.
He attended the Chicago Technical Institute from 1945 to 1950 and graduated from Deering High School 1950 as the State of Maine Tennis Champion. He graduated from Penn State in 1958 with a Bachelor of Architecture.
During his college years, he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and he received the Summitville Tile Award for Excellence in Design. From 1951 to 1953, he was a designer on special assignment with the U.S. Air Force Corps of Engineers, stationed in Libya, North Africa, and was involved in complex top-secret radar installations during the Korean War. For his military contributions, he received a Letter of Commendation.
Robert’s architectural career spanned 50 years, being a registered architect in six states. His career started at Wadsworth & Boston in Portland, Maine, in 1958, and then he established the firm Wright, Pierce & Whitmore in 1963 as the president and principal architect until 1978. Under his leadership direction, the firm established an interior design department in 1972 and an architectural office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1974.
He was a charter member and Maine chapter president of the Construction Specifications Institute from 1974 to 1975 and a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Maine Hospital Association. He continued with Wright-Pierce & Shildroth Associates through 1983 before going on to start his own consulting business.
In 1998, Robert and his wife Jeannette moved to Virginia Beach and became very active in their community, Lesner Point. Robert was an avid Red Sox and Penn State football fan and was adored by his family.
Robert is survived by his beloved wife, Jeannette A. Whitmore; two daughters, Lisa L. Riofrio and Linda L. Whitmore; son-in-law Greg D. Riofrio; and six grandchildren, Annalese, Gaby, Jenna, Jared, Adrienne and Dani.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret, Ruth and Mary.
A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11, at the Church of the Holy Family, Virginia Beach.
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