Although it may be time to hang up the flip flops and bid adieu to the beach for now, you can get one last glimpse of summer at J.Todd Gallery, which is displaying Dr. Anthony Whittemore’s incredibly detailed model ships. Dr. Whittemore says that each one takes him nine to twelve months to complete between studying the ships’ histories to ensure that each intricate detail is historically accurate to translating that scholarship to the actual design process. The models each run from $2,500 to $12,500.
Not just an armchair aficionado of all things nautical, Dr. Whittemore has been sailing ever since his father and a family friend took him out from Cohasset in a stiff Sou’easter. He was hooked, and now he and his wife sail four months out of the year in their 50-foot cutter, Morning Light, out of Marion. During the winters, when his boat is on the hard, he maintains his sanity building model ships at their historic antique home on Farm Pond in Sherborn.
Dr. Whittemore served as Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he assumed the position of Chief Medical Officer, 1999 – 2011. His publications exceeded 200 publications in the field of Vascular Surgery, and he has served as President of the Boston Surgical Society, New England Society for Vascular Surgery, the Society for Vascular Surgery, and the American Surgical Association.
Dr. Whittemore currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, and the US Olympic Committee on Ethics. The Whittemores have three children and seven grandchildren.