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Theodore M. Whitfield, 85, Civil War expert


Theodore M. Whitfield, emeritus professor of history at Western Maryland College and an expert on the Civil War, died last Thursday at Carroll County General Hospital after a long illness.

A memorial service for Dr. Whitfield, who was 85 and lived in Westminster, will be held at noon tomorrow at Westminster Baptist Church.

He retired in 1971 after teaching at Western Maryland since 1929.

Dr. Whitfield edited the papers of several families in the South, conducted studies and wrote essays about antebellum slave revolts in Virginia and about slavery and its relation to Southern church history.

Dr. Whitfield was born in Richmond, Va., and graduated from the University of Richmond in 1926. He earned a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. Both degrees were in history.

On his 80th birthday, Dr. Whitfield was ordained as a deacon at the Westminster Baptist Church, where he also sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. Earlier, he taught Sunday school at Westminster United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Elizabeth Denny Dixon; a daughter, Margaret Kim of Springfield, Va.; two sons, Theodore M. Whitfield Jr. of Westminster and John Whitfield of New Windsor; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the building fund of Westminster Baptist Church.

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