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1948 
John P. Whalen
Dec. 7, 1998 

John P. Whalen '48 John P. "Jack" Whalen died Dec. 7, 1998 in St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Whalen, 73, a longtime Worcester educator and athletic coach, had most recently been the supervisor of secondary education for the Worcester School Department for 12 years, retiring in 1993. Previously, he had served as principal of his alma mater, the former South High School, from 1977 to 1978, and then, as the first principal of South High Community School, from 1978 to 1981. Mr. Whalen had also been the principal of Doherty Memorial High School, from 1974 through 1977, and assistant principal of the Worcester East Middle School, from 1971 to 1974; during this time, he was the principal of the Evening School Division. 

Mr. Whalen began his teaching career in 1949 as a teacher at St. Peter's High School. He then taught at David Prouty High School, Spencer, Grafton Street Junior High School and Commerce High School, Worcester, before joining the staff of Doherty High School in 1966. 

Mr. Whalen also had a full career as a coach, on both the college and secondary school levels. In addition to serving as head football and baseball coach at Doherty High School, he had also coached football, basketball and baseball at Commerce High School, varsity basketball at St. Peter's High School and varsity baseball at David Prouty High School. 

At Holy Cross, Mr. Whalen had been the head baseball coach for 28 years, retiring in June with a record of more than 300 wins. He had also been an associate football coach and an assistant basketball coach to Lester "Buster" Sheary, including the 1954 National Invitational Tournament Championship team. In 1979, Mr. Whalen was elected to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame. 

Captain of the 1948 varsity baseball team at Holy Cross, Mr. Whalen was a player-manager for a semipro baseball team in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1952. He later scouted for the Cleveland Indians, from 1953 through 1956. 

The recipient of many educational and athletic awards, Mr. Whalen was named NCAA New England Baseball Coach of the Year in 1980 and Outstanding Secondary School Principal by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in 1978. He had been a Holy Cross class agent and a member of the President's Council. Mr. Whalen is survived by his wife, Ann; three sons; six daughters; a brother; two sisters; 15 grandchildren; and nephews and nieces. 

 

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