Former Brenau Trustee Doris Whitaker Dies

Doris Whittaker, WC '45
Doris Whittaker, WC ’45

Women’s College graduate and former trustee Doris “Dee” Beidenmiller Gelzer Whitaker, 92, died July 6 in Charleston, South Carolina, where she had been in hospice care following a battle with lung cancer.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m July 18 at the Chapel at Bishop Gadsden, 1873 Camp Road in Charleston, South Carolina.

“She served the board well and her wise leadership will be missed,” said fellow trustee and Alpha Chi Omega Betty Norton, WC ’52. “Doris was a lovely lady who loved Brenau and all its traditions dearly.”

Whitaker, WC  ’45, was one of four World War II-era Women’s College graduates featured in the summer issue of Brenau Window. You can read more about Whitaker and her tight-knit circle of friends at

More information on the memorial service and Whitaker’s life and times is online at