|Birth: ||Aug. 18, 1940|
|Death: ||Nov. 4, 1982|
Gil Whitney worked as a reporter, anchor and later the weatherman for Dayton, Ohio's WHIO-TV. He was notable for warning WHIO viewers and listeners of the tornado that went through Xenia, Ohio on April 3, 1974.
WHIO was one of the first television stations in the United States to have its own doppler radar. During the 1974 tornado in Xenia, he was the first to alert the public. Using the radar, Whitney spotted a "hook echo" indicating a tornado. Although there were thirty-four fatalities on that fateful day, without Whitney's warning there likely could have been hundreds more.
In the mid to late 1970s he also hosted a summer late-night show on Friday nights called "Summertime" starring local talent and other TV, movie and radio personalities. In 1980, the show was renamed "The Gil Whitney Show".
He was a regular on the community parade circuit, acted as master of ceremonies for numerous public events, was a volunteer firefighter and was one of the founders of the Dayton Air Show.
Whitney and his wife Mary had three children: Gil, Jr. (1963), John (1964), Jennifer (1967).
Whitney died November 4, 1982 at the age of 42 of Hodgkins lymphoma.
In 2005 he was inducted into the Dayton, Ohio Broadcasters Hall Of Fame.
His wife, Mary, had his ashes for over thirty years before she herself passed away on May 17, 2012. They were buried together on May 25, 2012.
Mary Glenna Willis Whitney (1940 - 2012)
Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum
Plot: Section 6, Columbarium 1, Grave CC 13
Created by: Lucille Francis
Record added: Nov 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61784164