, Newburyport, MA

December 11, 2012

John J. Witherspoon, 96

ROWLEY — John J. Witherspoon, 96, of Exeter, N.H. and formerly a long time resident of Rowley, passed away on Saturday, December 8 at Riverwoods of Exeter in Exeter, N.H. He was the husband of the late Helen Bates Witherspoon who passed in 1994.

John is survived by his daughter, Jessie Bates Witherspoon of Watertown and the many friends he made over the years.

John was born in Oakmont, Pa., January 29, 1916, son of the late Emma Johnston and John Witherspoon. He attended Choate Academy, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School. He then became a special agent for the F.B.I. He then began a career as a teacher and coach at Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, and was promoted to Director of Admissions for the school. He served there for 33 years. He was a Trustee at the Anna Jacques Hospital, Secretary of the Byfield Parish Church, an avid golfer, and captain of the All-American lacrosse team.

ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the F.S. Roberts and Son Funeral Home of Rowley. For information or to send condolences, please visit