David E. Whitehead 91, of Bolton, beloved husband of the late Dorothy (Jaschinsky) Whitehead, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019. He was born on December 9, 1927 in Colorado Springs, CO, the son of the late Earl and Grace (Girardet) Whitehead. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended University of Washington graduating with a BS in Biology. He then went on to study medicine at Northwestern University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Anesthesia at Hartford Hospital. During his residency, David married Dorothy and had 3 children. His career at Hartford Hospital was remarkable for 35 years of service, which included participating in establishing cardiopulmonary bypass, neuroanesthesia, and liver transplantation services. He was one of the founding members of Hartford Anesthesia Associates and participated in the residency training program for many years.
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In addition to a fulfilling career, David practiced Karate for many years in the Hartford Karate Club, obtaining Black Belt status. He was an avid reader and studied religion and philosophy at his leisure. Some of his best times were spent hiking his land in Vermont and kayaking with his son William and grandson.
He is survived by his children, Deborah A. Whitehead and her husband Lawrence Hennessy of Middlefield, David E. Whitehead of Jupiter, FL, and William C. Whitehead and his wife Linda of Bolton; and his grandchildren, Michael R. Callahan, Andrew Callahan, Lawrence J. Hennessy, William D. Whitehead and Cailin Whitehead. All services will be private at the convenience of the family. For online condolences please visit: www.pietrasfuneralhome.com