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Hugh Whitehouse

Sep 23, 2010

Sanibel resident Hugh Lord Whitehouse passed away on Aug. 26, 2010. He was 85.

Born in Erie, Pa. to Irving and Helen Whitehouse , he graduated from Harvard — where he studied with Walter Piston, Irving Fine and I.A. Richards — with a Bachelors and then a Masters degree in Music. As a youth, he had taken up the trumpet and played jazz in Cambridge and Boston. He authored several books, among them “Basic Music Theory” and “Letters from the Iron Brigade,” a compilation of the letters of his great-great uncle George Partridge during the Civil War.

Whitehouse founded Stanley Air Tools in Cleveland, Ohio, a division of The Stanley Works. It became the largest supplier of assembly tools to the global automobile industry, with more than 200 employees at his retirement in 1992 and an innovative employee profit-sharing plan. He held ten patents for improved precision of fastening tools.

For 64 years, he was the beloved husband of Martha L. Whitehouse; he was a dearly loved father of Katherine (John Butler), Daniel (Shelley Stevens), Stephen (Anne), and David Whitehouse; grandfather of Sarah Jessen (Paul), Elizabeth Butler, David Butler, and Claire Whitehouse; and great-grandfather of Lily Jessen.  His sister, Louise Baldwin, and three brothers — Henry, Irving and Thomas Whitehouse — predeceased him.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.