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John Whitmore III '51 February 12, 2021 4:21 PM updated: February 12, 2021 4:43 PM

John E. Whitmore III
SEPTEMBER 2, 1930 – JANUARY 25, 2021

John E. Whitmore III passed away peacefully on January 25th, 2021 in Sugar Land, Texas at the age of 90. John was born on September 2nd, 1930 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to John E. Whitmore and Gwen Wilson who precede him in death.

He is survived by his wife Brenda Whitmore as well as his children: James Timothy (Tim) Whitmore and his three children, Kali, Kasey, and Toby, along with great grandson Matthew; son Erik David Gustafson; son John Alexander (Alex) Whitmore, his wife Jennifer, and their two daughters Lexi and Laken; and daughter Randy Compton. Also his sisters Maria Klein; Margaret Douglass and her husband James; and brother James (Jim) Whitmore and his wife Janet as well as numerous nieces and nephews

Raised splitting time between California and Texas, he graduated Houston's San Jacinto High School in 1946, and at the age of 17 went on to the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, now Texas A&M University. He received a degree in Journalism in 1952 having worked as the editor of the school paper, The Battalion. He served as a lieutenant in the 525th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade of the U.S. Army until 1954. He returned to San Angelo, Texas to work as a reporter for the San Angelo Times and the Associated Press, then in 1956 bought and operated radio station KCMR in McCamey, Texas. He then moved to Houston in 1957 to join Business Week as a writer where he became bureau chief moving to Dallas, Cleveland, and back to Houston. John's next adventure was moving to San Antonio in 1967 to become the associate director of the Institute of Texan Culture which was the Texas Pavilion for the 1968 Hemisphere where he had the honor of giving President Lyndon B. Johnson, "Lady Bird" Johnson, and Governor John Connally a tour of the exhibits.

Following his time in San Antonio, John returned to Houston in 1970 and started a public relations consulting company, Whitmore Company. He married his wife Brenda Whitmore in 1975 and settled in the Sugar Creek subdivision in Sugar Land, Texas. He provided public relations consulting services around Fort Bend County and Houston to a variety of organizations including banks, engineering firms, and hospitals. He served on the board of directors of Sugar Creek National Bank, as well as several MUD boards, and he helped found the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. His public relations work would evolve to provide political consulting to many campaigns throughout Sugar Land and Fort Bend county.

John was a beloved husband, son, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by countless loved ones and friends. He touched many lives with his humor, kindness, and generosity.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John E. Whitmore III’s name to Baylor College of Medicine.


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