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Henry Hudson Whiting July 20, 1923 in Colorado - September 17, 2012 was a member of the Supreme Court of Virginia
One of eight children born to Lt Col Edgar Mason Whiting and Helen Hudson Whiting His godfather was General George S Patton, an old friend of Lt Col Whiting's from military days After numerous moves due to his father's military postings, Whiting's family moved in 1934 to Winchester, Virginia, where he was based the remainder of his life He graduated from John Handley High School and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute for one year before enlisting in the US Army shortly after the outbreak of World War II He attended Officer Candidate School OCS, was commissioned and initially served as a trainer at OCS in Ft Knox, Kentucky In late 1944 he deployed to Europe as a first lieutenant in charge of a reconnaissance platoon He witnessed the end of the Battle of the Bulge after the tide had turned in favor of the Allies and also was present during the fight for the bridge at Remagen During the waning days of the war, he also briefly served as an observer on the staff of General Patton After VE Day, Whiting served with the Army of Occupation in Europe until May 1946 During this time, he acted as counsel defending minor courts-martial cases and there developed a strong, lifelong interest in the law
Upon his discharge, Whiting entered the University of Virginia and graduated from law school in 1949 He was editor of the Law Review, first in his class and was elected as a member of The Order of the Coif and the Raven Society He returned to Winchester and entered into the practice of law with J Sloan Kuykendall, longtime Secretary of the Virginia Board of Law Examiners They were joined later by Lewis Costello and the firm, Kuykendall, Whiting and Costello became the largest law firm in Winchester Eventually the firm opened a branch office in Leesburg, Virginia
Whiting married Helen Patricia Stephenson 1928–1980 of Winchester, Virginia in 1953; they divorced in 1971 They had two children, Brian and John He attended the First Presbyterian Church, where he taught adult and teen Sunday School classes for a number of years After 31 years in private legal practice, Whiting was appointed in 1980 to the 26th Judicial Circuit of Virginia by Gov John N Dalton Whiting was later elected by the General Assembly to serve on the Supreme Court of Virginia in 1987 following the retirement of Justice George M Cochran He was the first member of the Supreme Court of Virginia from the Winchester-Frederick County area in over 100 years A major ruling unanimously handed down by the Virginia Supreme Court during Whiting's tenure was Timothy W Spencer v Commonwealth, which was the first state supreme court ruling on the admissibility of DNA profiling The Court's ruling on the admissibility of DNA evidence was later upheld at the federal appeals level and by the US Supreme Court
Whiting served on the Court until he stepped down to Senior semi-retired status in 1995 Justice Whiting continued to serve the Court as a Senior Justice until 2002 During his tenure, Justice Whiting authored 235 opinions for the Court To honor his service, the Supreme Court of Virginia convened a special session in Winchester, its first ever there, on July 17, 2002 On January 30, 2009, his portrait was presented to the Frederick-Winchester Judicial Center in a special ceremony sponsored by the Frederick Winchester Bar Association
- ^ "Justice Henry Hudson Whiting 1923 - 2012" Northern Virginia Daily 18 September 2012 Retrieved 19 December 2013mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
- ^ Spencer v Commonwealth, 238 Va 275, 384 SE2d 775 1989
- ^ Justice Whiting steps down from senior status « Virginia Lawyers Weekly 2002, July 29 Virginia Lawyers Weekly Retrieved August 28, 2010, from http://valawyersweeklycom/blog/2002/07/29/justice-whiting-steps-down-from-senior-status/nomobile
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