William W. "Whit" Whitson
December 03, 1926 - February 08, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018 7:54 PM
A kind, intelligent, wise and interesting man.
I was honored to meet him on the path of life.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 3:28 PM
Whit taught me that fathers can be present, healthy, always learning, interested and caring. For me he was a fabulous and blessed mentor that my children truly benefitted from. His dedication to breaking the cycle of purposeless suffering is exemplified by your collaboration to serving the dissemination of the Course. Thanks be in haleluhia!
Dr. William Wulsin
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:12 PM
Dear Judy, he's in the wind. I will sorely miss him.
Take care of yourself.
With all our love.
John Torpey (Oakalnd)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:12 PM
As you know, I am so very sorry about Whit's "trip to the next Village." He was a wonderful man, a true gentleman who will be missed by all of us who were lucky enough to know him. As I said yesterday, Whit was perhaps the most grateful patient that I have ever known--- grateful for the "big' and "little' things in life, for our care and especially for you. He told us that on many occasions.
While we mourn it is good to remember that he was not scared or even worried about dying and, as deaths go, this was one of the more "beautiful" ones I've seen.
I learn something from every patient. I learned more from Whit than most. I miss him.
Al Oppenheim, MD (CA)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 5:51 AM
My deepest condolences to the family and friends. May you all find comfort In Gods holy words ( 1 Corinthians 1: 3,4)" Praise be the God of all comfort". May you all continue to cherish the precious memories of your dearly beloved William close to your hearts.
M L (Hempstead, NY)
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 11:30 PM
Tribute to my brother Bill
So many years ago Whit answered a request from “cousin” Reeve Whitson (who was not his cousin) to fly to Burbank to meet another Whitson “cousin” (also not a cousin) who was visiting from New York. Without hesitation, Whit hopped on a plane in San Francisco and literally flew into my life. I look back on that day as being one of the most important days of my life. Though we shared a last name, we were not related, but Whit welcomed me into his life, and became the brother I never had. For me Whit will always be “Bill,” as that was how Reeve introduced him to me.
Over the years I have learned about Bill’s extraordinary achievements, beginning with his successful military career that began as a cadet at West Point. After serving his country for many years in many high-ranking roles he found himself searching for a different direction in life. While searching for “a better way,” he met Judy Skutch, the One who was destined to become his soul mate. Together they forged a loving, powerful union, dedicating their energies to the publication and dissemination of A Course in Miracles throughout the world. One of Bill’s many achievements as Vice President of the Foundation for Inner Peace was shepherding the translation of the Course into 27 languages, with many more still in progress.
Bill, together with his beloved Judy, epitomizes the Course’s principles of love and forgiveness, always asking for and following their Inner Guidance for direction in all decisions. Together they always managed to include a great deal of joy and laughter in whatever surprises life held for them, often laughing through many tearful moments. I experienced the love and empathy that Bill had for all who were fortunate to know him, and feel blessed to have been part of his incredible journey through life. Above all, I rejoice in the love I felt, and will always feel, for him as the brother I never had. He is with me still, and I know he is smiling down right now as I write these words.
I miss you my beloved brother, and will always remember the laughter, joy and tears we shared.
Ivor Whitson (Putnam Valley, NY)
Friday, March 02, 2018 1:37 PM
If there were such a thing as a Knight in Shining Armour, that would be YOU Whit.
Laura Fenamore (Greenbrae, CA)
Friday, March 02, 2018 1:33 PM
Please express to Judy my deepest feelings of love and support. I can just imagine how she feels, yet please tell her that I am - and all the ACIM community is, I am sure - very close to her and we all hug her with love and incommensurable gratitude.
I have read the very interesting biography of Whit. I had no idea of who he was, and where he was coming from. His life's story impressed me very much and reminded me of the line from the Manual that says that the teachers of God "... come from all over the world. They come from all religions and from no religion. They are the ones who have answered." Really what truly matters is only to answer the Call, as he did.
I regret not having known him personally, but often his devotion and dedication to the Course inspired me and always elicited in me thoughts of gratitude and nobleness. We know that there is no death. I think he is still with us, walking home as we all try to do.
Patrizia Terreno (Italy)
Friday, March 02, 2018 11:50 AM
I just came to know of Whit's passing back to The Realm of Freedom, for which we are all destined. He lived true to his purpose here, "joining in the joyful task of bringing Light". Reminding us all that is why we are here, to serve the Truth, the Light, the Love. Our sincere and unspeakable gratitude to you both for you parts in this Plan that cannot be measured. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Marianne Woo (San Francisco, CA)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 11:40 PM
The only response I have is tears. You and Whit have modeled the sweet gratefulness for each precious day together . . . savoring the pure presence of one another. That love has touched me deeply.
May that love remain palpable through Spirit and the loving presence of local & adopted family near and far . . . as everyone you’ve ever met experiences you as family. You expand loving community like no one I’ve ever known.
With a heart so full of love and compassion,
Darby Fetzer (Schoolcraft, MI)