DURHAM-Daniel Whitehead, Jr. of Durham, NC, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, January 21, 2016. He was 73.
Dan was born August 8, 1942, to Daniel Whitehead, Sr. and his wife, Lenore Ridings. He grew up near Pittsburgh, PA, where he lived until moving to the Orlando Florida area in 1978 and to Durham, NC in 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille, and their three daughters; Jennifer Tracy of Chapel Hill, NC, Polly Judd of Durham, NC, and Elizabeth Burbridge of Roanoke, VA. He also leaves his sisters Barbara Keywood of Roanoke, VA, and Gail Whitehead of Frederick, MD. He has thirteen grandchildren: Sarah, Shannon, Emily, Michael, Bethany and Megan Tracy; Kaylee, Kamryn, Sydney and Gabrielle Judd; and Madison, Katie and Michael Burbridge.
Dan earned a BS in mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a MS in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida. He joined the Marines as a young man and the Navy Reserve later in life, retiring as a Lt. Commander. After retiring from AT&T he was active in ham radio and the Durham COP’s program.
A memorial service will be held at 10 am on Friday, January 29th, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1050 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, in Chapel Hill.
The Whitehead family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences; www.hallwynne.com
(The text above is from the Hall-Wynne Funeral Service web site.)
Dan was very active in the DFMA and was currently a DFMA Board Member, the DFMA’s Hamfest Chair and the Durham County ARES EC and AUXCOMM coordinator. He was always ready to help. During Field Day 2014 he stepped in at the last moment to set up the public information table when the person scheduled to do it had a family emergency. He fulfilled that role again last year. During DurHamFest 2014 he stepped in and put much time in working at the Club Table. He was an active VE after earning his Extra Class License last spring.
Licensed in 2012, in the last few years he got very involved in HF. He earned his W1AW Worked All States in the AARL’s anniversary event in 2014. He planned to operate in this year’s ARRL-National Park Service event and had assembled a mobile HF station for that purpose.