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Captain Richard

Philip Whitlock

U.S. Navy Retired

Captain Richard P. Whitlock, 77, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at his home in Shepherdstown, W.Va., surrounded by his family.

Capt. Whitlock was born in San Diego, Calif., and grew up in Gold Hill and Medford, Ore. Following graduation from Medford High School, he joined the U.S. Army as a dental technician and was stationed in Germany. Upon his return to the U.S., he attended Southern Oregon College and the University of Oregon Dental School. He was in private practice in Central Point, Ore., then joined the Public Health Service, and, in 1969, transferred to the U.S. Navy. Capt. Whitlock's post-doctoral studies were completed at the Naval Graduate Dental School in Bethesda, Md. His distinguished naval career as a prosthodontist, researcher, and administrator included duty stations across the country, Naples, Italy, and a tour on the U.S.S. Midway during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Naval Medical Command in Washington D.C., in 1985. In retirement he was a consultant to an international dental equipment firm.

Capt. Whitlock was a devoted naval officer, husband and father, and was loved by many wonderful friends for his charm and humor. He was a skilled woodworker, craftsman, sportsman, and collector of tools and cars.

Capt. Whitlock is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth Whitlock, at home; son, Jeffrey P. Whitlock, of Reading, Pa.; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Scott Bean, of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; grandchildren, Megan Bean, and Collin and Ella Whitlock; and his sister, Sharon Whitlock Vandergaw, of Dallas, Ore. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles P. Whitlock; and mother, Leola M. Whitlock.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.