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A.B.C. Whipple, 94, Of Greenwich, Life Magazine Executive Editor

GREENWICH, Conn. - Famed journalist A.B.C. Whipple, of Greenwich, died March 17. He was 94.

Whipple spent his entire career at Time, Inc., starting as an office boy and becoming a researcher, reporter, writer and editor for Life Magazine.

In 1943, as Life's Pentagon correspondent, he succeeded in clearing for publication the first photograph of American soldiers killed in combat.

He helped edit the memoirs of General Douglas MacArthur and Winston Churchill; he also worked closely with such authors as James Jones, Walter Lord and Rachel Carson. He was editor of Life's International Editions and executive editor of Time-Life Books.

Whipple taught at the Harvard-Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course, and was a member of the editorial board of the Harper's Dictionary of Contemporary English Usage.

He served on the Historic District Commission in Greenwich, Conn. He was a co-founder and president of the Time-Life Alumni Society. And he was a corresponding secretary and secretary of his Yale Class of 1940.

Whipple was born in Glens Falls, N.Y., July 15, 1918, a son of Frank and Adela Colvin Whipple. He spent most of his childhood in Suffield, Conn.

He graduated from the Loomis School in 1936, from Yale University in 1940 and received an M.A. from Harvard University in 1941 before being hired by Time, Inc.

Whipple is survived by his daughter Ann Whipple Marr of Goldens Bridge, NY; son, Christopher of Manhattan; grandchildren Abigail Doft of Manhattan, Melissa Marr of South Salem, N.Y., and Samuel Whipple; five step children; 12 step grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Jane Banks; second wife, Sally.

Gifts in Whipple’s name may be made to the Loomis Chaffee School , Windsor, CT 06095, or to anyone's favorite charity.

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