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al whitlow passes away

Monday, November 20, 2017 14:42 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Al Whitlow touched many lives especially children during his long career in education and other forms of public service.

Bryant Dabney still called him Mr. Whitlow close to two-years after men joined each other on the city council out of respect for his distinguished service.

''He used to joke with me about calling him councilman Whitlow but I never could do it,'' said Dabney.

Whitow, an assistant coach on the 1966 Elston High School state championship basketball team, died unexpectedly Sunday.

He was 78.

Whitlow was also on the city council in the 1980's and when he didn't seek reelection his seat was filled by Tom Alevizos now in his second six-year term as judge in LaPorte Circuit Court.

Alevizos served two terms prior to becoming a state representative then a deputy prosecutor before taking the bench.

He said Whitlow was real with his desire to mentor and support people and help in other ways.

''There's just a handful in every community that you can thank your lucky stars you've had. Truly a great citizen of ours,'' Alevizos said.

Whitlow was a 1957 Elston graduate who returned to his alma mater as a teacher and assistant coach on the last high school team here to win a state basketball title.

He later became a junior high school principal and interim superintendent in Michigan City before retiring from education in 1996 as director of personnel and labor relations for Franklin Township Schools in Indianapolis.

Whitlow was executive director of the Michigan City Boys & Girls Club from 2001 to 2014.

Dabney said he knew Whitlow as a student but got to know him on a more personal level as an adult volunteering at the youth organization.

''I really got to know as a person and how good of a man he was by the way he dealt with the folks at the boys and girls club. That was awesome,'' he said.

Sitting beside Whitlow during council meetings was Pat Boy, who thought of him as sort of a ''moral compass'' for doing the right thing for the right reasons.

''I liked working with them. He was very practical about things about things that were going to happen and things that needed to be done,'' said Boy.

Funeral arrangements for Whitlow were pending Monday with Coleman & Hicks Funeral Home in Michigan City.
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