He was born May 17, 1950, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Gilbert and Dorothy (Novakoski) Whittemore.
He graduated in 1968 from Springfield High School; in 1972, summa cum laude, from Harvard University; in 1975, cum laude, from Harvard Law School; in 1976, with a master's degree and in 1986, a Ph.D., also from Harvard.
Mr. Whittemore taught at St. Paul's Choir School, Harvard University, Harvard Law School, MIT and Lesley College. He also worked at the law firm of Stalter & Kennedy, that merged with Rath, Young & Pignatelli and Gilbert, until his retirement in 2016.
He was a member of the ABA, American Precision Museum Board of Trustees, International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum Committee, Association for the Advancement of Science, The History of Science Society and the Society for the History of Technology.
He served as a staff attorney for Vermont League of Cities and Towns and, at the request of President Clinton, on the White House Advisory Committee on the Human Radiation Experiments.
Mr. Whittemore enjoyed gardening and volunteered at Springfield Humane Society.
Survivors include his mother and his wife, both of Perkinsville; six siblings, Jonathan, of Wrentham, Massachusetts, Scott, of Springfield, Jeff and Edward, both of Perkinsville, Camilla, of Rutland, April Case, of Watertown, Massachusetts; nieces, nephews, grandniece and grandnephew.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.
The memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield. The Rev. Peter Williams will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Springfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.