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Pasadena Philanthropist's Body Is Recovered After Tulare County Accident

July 20, 2002|From a Times Staff Writer

Authorities in Tulare County said Friday that they have identified a body recovered there as that of Elizabeth Whiting, 66, of Pasadena.

Whiting had been reported missing July 1 after failing to arrive at a family vacation home at Shaver Lake in Fresno County. Her car was found partially submerged in the Tule River.

Whiting, who was known to have had mini-strokes, may have lost control of her car on California 99, and veered into the river, which is used as an irrigation canal, said Janet Pope, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Police Department.

The car floated about 600 feet downstream from where investigators believe it entered the river, Pope said. After the river level dropped, the vehicle's roof became visible and was spotted by a field worker.

Police said there is no evidence of foul play.

Whiting was known in Pasadena for her philanthropic work with organizations such as the Pasadena Symphony, Huntington Library, Pacific Asia Museum, Junior League of Pasadena and the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers scholarships to college students majoring in science and engineering.

She had six children and 14 grandchildren.

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