Obituary - Elizabeth Schuvler Whitton - Class of 1909

Elizabeth Schuvler Whitton
Class of 1909


© Published on Wed., Sept. 23, 1964

Elizabeth Schuvler Whitton

Miss Whitton, Former Teacher, Dies at 74

Death has claimed Miss Elizabeth Schuvler Whitton, member of a prominent and pioneer Oakland family and teacher in the Oakland public schools for 39 years.

Miss Whitton was born in Oakland and spent all of her 74 years here. She died Sunday at an Oakland hospital.

She was one of the eight children of the late Charles F. Whitton, who was a reporter in the Alameda County superior courts for may years, and Helen Blakeslee Whitton [OHS 1872], who was a member of the first graduating class at Oakland High School.

Several members of her family became prominent. One of her late brothers, Charles A. Whitton [OHS 1905], was chief of architecture and engineering for the Oakland Public Schools. Charles A. Whitton Elementry School, 2021 E. 18th St. is named for him.

Miss Whitton, who was educated at Oakland High School and the University of California, started her teaching at Prescott Elementary School in 1916.

In 1921 she transferred to Lakeview School, at 746 Grand Ave., and from 1926 until she retired in 1955 she taught at Stonehurst school at 10315 E St.

She traced her ancestry to General Philip Schuyler of the Revolutionary War, admitting her to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She also was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Ebell Society and Alameda County Retired Teachers Association.

Surviving are two brothers, John B. Whitton [OHS 1911], retired professor of international relations at Princeton University, and Albert K. Whitton [OHS 1916], an Oakland attorney.

A memorial service will be held at Plymouth Church, 707 Oakland Ave., at 2 p.m. Saturday. Grant Miller Mortuary has charge of arrangements.