John M. Taylor Funeral Home

147 Duke OF Gloucester ST, Annapolis, MD


Richard Charles Whaley

June 18, 1927July 10, 2019

Richard Charles Whaley completed his earthly pilgrimage on July 10, 2019. Born June 18, 1927 in Wakefield, RI, he was the fourth child of Chester Tucker Whaley and Emily Schwan Whaley. After graduating from South Kingston High School, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard in 1945. In 1950, he graduated from Rhode Island State College and came to Maryland to join the staff of Johns Hopkins University as a technician with the Chesapeake Bay Institute. He earned his Masters Degree in Biological Oceanography in 1956. For 42 years, Dick worked as a research scientist on the Chesapeake Bay. He participated in comprehensive studies of plankton, menhaden and the currents of the Bay, authoring and co-authoring numerous scientific papers. His experiments have been cited worldwide and were used in the creation of the Chesapeake Bay Hydraulic Model. He invented and modified numerous instruments for these studies, including a harness for the original Aqua Lung invented by Jacques Cousteau and used by the Navy. Dick was an ardent environmentalist and spokesperson for the Bay, serving as Treasurer of the South River Federation for 25 years. In recognition for his life’s work, he received the prestigious title of “Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay” from Governor William Donald Schaefer in 1992. In 1951, Dick and his wife Beth joined the Colonial Players of Annapolis, where Dick volunteered “for the love of it” until his death. He served on various boards and positions and was a dedicated lead set carpenter, usher and box office worker. In 2012, at the age of 85, Dick received the “Superior Volunteer Award” from the American Association of Community Theatre. Dick was a creative man – painting with oil on slate, wood-turning beautiful bowls and vases, drawing and sketching and designing sets for the theater. He and his beloved Cathy spent many hours creating art and furniture together. Dick was proceeded in death by his parents, his brother Horace “Bud” Whaley, his wife Beth Whaley of 57 years and his granddaughter Shannon Whaley. He is survived by his wife Catherine White Whaley, children: Mark (Kathleen) Whaley, Sean (Susan) Whaley, Brian (Sue) Whaley, Karen (Jim Magner) Whaley grandchildren: Christopher Whaley, Lauren (Jake de Grazia) Whaley, Mark (Maggie) Whaley, Anna Whaley, Caitlin Colletti and Grace Whaley, step grandchildren: Patrick Manili, Lauren (Bill) Darcey and Jason Guynn, great-grandchildren: Nico and Isa Whaley, Athena and Rowan Whaley, Malcolm and Charlie de Grazia. Dick was also “adopted” by the White family, whom he adored. Dick, an easy going man with a quick smile, was so cherished by his family and friends that it is difficult to let him go. Visitation will be at John M. Taylor Funeral Home on Sunday, July 14 from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401. Funeral services will be held at 9:00 AM on Monday, July 15 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 620 N. Bestgate Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dick’s honor to Colonial Players, 108 East St., Annapolis, MD 21401(www.thecolonialplayers.org:boxoffice) or to Source of All Hope Mission, Basilica of the Assumption, 409 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21202 (www.sourceofallhope.org).


  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2019


Richard Charles Whaley

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Remy Agee

July 13, 2019

My heart goes out to Mark, Sean, Brian and Karen and to all of the family. I recall happy times at family gatherings at Bud and Sally's and at your home with your family over many years. I also remember attending Colonial Players knowing that your father had helped construct the sets.

Your father's legacy lives on in each of you and your children and grandchildren. Hold the memories of him - and your mother - in your heart and let the world know what a difference they both made in this world.
Love, Remy

Constance Robinson

July 12, 2019

Dear Cathy and Family: We know you are all heartbroken to have said goodby to Dick. John and I send our condolences.

We have always admired the tall, friendly, funny man who graced our lives. So many fond memories of good times together, either in our personal lives or at the CP theater - which is our second home.

Once, we attended the SGT with Beth and Dick to see "A Chorus Line", and the show got rained out - no future tickets available. So, we went to our home and watched the movie with wine, food, and lots of laughs!

Dick served as a mentor to so many people in the carpenter shop, and created works of art on the theater set. But, it was the camaraderie of his nature that will make us all smile when we think of him. - Connie and John Robinson

Richard Wade

July 12, 2019

For all of us who have been part of Colonial Players, Annapolis' all volunteer community theatre, Dick Whaley personified our history, our mission and all the we strive to be to the Annapolis community. He was one of our founding members, a past president, a creative force behind the scenes and someone who was turned to for advice and counsel about every facet of the theater's operation. He was a leader of skill, heart and humanity. His spirit will be with us forever.

Rick Wade

Edward Vitagliano

July 12, 2019

We are saddened to hear of Dick's passing. He was a true gentleman and a welcomed neighbor. May he rest in peace.
Barbara & Ed Vitagliano