Dr. Richard F. Whitmore Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Richard F. Whitmore Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Richard F. Whitmore received his Bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and his Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He was married to his devoted wife, Ruth in 1946. Together they raised two songs, Craig and Bradley, and a daughter, Vicki.

He served as a signalman in the United States Navy during World War II. He served as the superintendent of schools in Crete and Nebraska City; he then relocated to Tucson and served as a full professor at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Whitmore started at Kellogg Community College in 1964, serving as the third Director until 1970, and the President from 1971-1986. He was the first community college president to be elected president of the North Central Association of Colleges.

Among other contributions to the community, Dr. Whitmore served on the Board of Directors of Community Hospital (now Battle Creek Health System), the United Arts Council, Battle Creek Unlimited, the community Prayer Breakfast, Board of Trustees for First Presbyterian Church and Rotary Club of Battle Creek.


Dr. Whitmore was dedicated to higher education and Kellogg Community College. This scholarship was established upon his passing in his memory.