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JMC professor Whitmore passes away after bout with cancer

Posted Aug. 27, 2011

From Kentwired, Aug. 26, 2011

Evonne WhitmoreDr. Evonne “Von” Whitmore, associate professor for the school of Journalism and Mass Communication, passed away Aug. 25 after a battle with ovarian cancer.

Whitmore had been a staff member of the school of Journalism and Mass Communication for 21 years, and specialized in electronic media and broadcast news. She was part of study abroad programs in Paris and Geneva and spent some of 2009 in Egypt. Whitmore served several terms as the School of Journalism and Mass Communication graduate coordinator and assisted the school in greatly increasing graduate enrollment. Whitmore was also a senior officer for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Jeff Fruit, director of the School Journalism and Mass Communication, said that Whitmore had a broad impact on the life of the university and the journalism school.

“I would characterize her as a force of nature around here,” Fruit said. “She will be greatly missed here.”

Stanley Wearden, Dean of the College of Communication and Information said that Whitmore made a huge contribution to the broadcast news program.

“(Whitmore’s) standards really helped transform the program into one of the leading broadcast news programs in the country,” Wearden said. “She is an institution in the school of Journalism and Mass Communication.”

Whitmore was a leading scholar for the study of diversity in journalism education and recently worked to develop a course for media convergence. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening and traveling with her family.

Whitmore is survived by her husband of 38 years, Arthur Whitmore III, son Kenny and daughter Lauren.

Arthur Whitmore described his wife as very orderly, knowledgeable, and gracious.

“She was very well studied and well read. She beat Jeopardy all the time.” Lauren Whitmore said that her mother always strived to help students succeed.

“The only side I know of her is loving, yet stern. She had high expectations and always challenged me to go beyond my limits, and I know she did the same for her students,” Whitmore said.

Funeral services are to be held Monday August 29 at noon at the Arlington Church of God in Akron.

Donations can now be made to the Dr. Evonne H. Whitmore memorial scholarship through the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

-Drew Parker

Funeral Arrangements

A wake on Sunday, August 28:
4-6 p.m. at the Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thorton Street, Akron, Ohio 44307, 330-535-1543

Lauren Whitmore has indicated this is primarily for those who cannot attend the service on Monday, but all are welcome. There will be a dinner following this at the Whitmore house. Food will be provided by Evonne's sorority sisters.

Viewing and Funeral, Monday, August  29:
11 a.m. viewing at Arlington Church of God, 539 S. Arlington Street, Akron, Ohio 44306 330-773-3221. Service at noon at Arlington Church of God

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations to a scholarship fund be made. JMC Secretary Sharon Marquis is setting this up. Checks can be made to KSU Foundation and indicate it's for The Dr. Evonne Whitmore scholarship fund. Send donations to:

Christine K. Isenberg, Director of Advancement
College of Communication and Information

131 Moulton Hall

Kent State University 

P.O. Box 5190

Kent, OH  44242-0001

Media contact: Jennifer Kramer, APR, jlkramer@kent.edu, 330-672-1960