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LIFE LEGENDS REVISITED


STEVE BECKER A LIFE IN PHOTOS


During his career, Charles Whittingham met some of the most famous people in the world, including Jackie Kennedy, Bob Hope, Brooke Shields, Pope John Paul II (pictured with Whittingham’s wife, Jean), Sophia Loren, and many others. Far left: A portrait of Whittingham taken by Alfred Eisen- staedt, one of the premier photo journalists of the 20th century and a close friend. Far right: with Fr. Garanzini at Founders’ Dinner 2010 after receiving the Damen Award.


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could get in unless you had special connections. So I took [Loren] there, and you have never seen a scene like that. At LIFE, stuff like that happened every week.” Right before he left Time, Inc., after three decades of service,


Whittingham helped organize LIFE’s 50th anniversary party in Radio City Music Hall, attended by Muhammad Ali, Bob Hope, Sophia Loren, representatives from the families of Ernest Hemingway and Martin Luther King Jr., and many more. The celebration was broad- cast as a two-hour TV special on ABC and hosted by Barbara Walters. Whittingham has maintained his friendship with Time, Inc.,


during retirement. He just finished producing a book for family and friends called Life Legends Revisited, which highlights the 50th anniversary of the magazine. Early in retirement, he served as the senior vice president of the New York Public Library, and he has collaborated on several TV documentaries about the library and American presidents. Whittingham is also a lifelong supporter of Loyola. In the


1980s, he hosted gatherings of alumni at his Time, Inc., offices in Rockefeller Plaza. In recent years, he set up the Charles A. Whit- tingham Endowed Scholarship Fund, supported Loyola’s Center for Textual Studies and Digital Media, and designated a bequest for the University. Whittingham also recently supported the bell


project at Madonna della Strada Chapel and was present at its groundbreaking. “I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Loyola and a


liberal arts education, and the campus today is exquisite,” he says. In 2010, Whittingham received the Damen Award from the Col-


lege of Arts and Sciences at the annual Founders’ Dinner. In addition to monetary support, he donated to Loyola’s library a valuable collection of first-edition rare books from Chiswick Press, a London- based publishing company founded in the 18th century. In 2012, Whittingham was asked to deliver the keynote address


at Loyola’s track and field banquet in front of 200 student athletes and supporters where he recounted his glory days of running for his alma mater. At the close of that address, Whittingham told the audi- ence: “The great treasure you will take from your days at this marvel- ous university is of course your records and your performance in your sport. But really the education you receive here and for which your parents have sacrificed will be your real treasure. It will be with you all your life wherever you go and whatever you may do.” Whittingham and his late wife, Jean, are the parents of four


children and grandparents of five grandchildren. He lives in New York City.


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