Howard J. Whitmore Jr. (May 9, 1905 – June 19, 1998) was an American politician who was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1947–1953 and Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts from 1954–1959.
Whitmore graduated from Harvard College in 1929, where he was a pitcher for the Crimson baseball team. His political career began in 1940 when he was elected to the Newton Board of Aldermen. From 1947-1953, he was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he was the Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. He left the House in 1953 after being elected Mayor of Newton.
For years, the field at the corner of Winchester and Dedham Streets was called the Harold Whitmore Field, and there was a prominent sign with his name on it. (He lived in Newton Highlands.) After the field was renovated recently, the sign disappeared, and Parks & Rec now designate it as Newton Highlands Playground and/or the Joseph Lee Playground.
Does anyone know why Mr. Whitmore’s name was removed? I had a chance to have a lovely conversation with him back in the 1990’s, and it seems a shame to strip his name from this park.