Wayne Elliott Wingham

Published: March 26

Wayne E. Whigham, 63, a Montgomery County high school principal
and school administrator, died March 14 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver

The cause was an embolism and complications following surgery to
remove a colon polyp, said his wife, Mary Beth Waits.

At his death, Mr. Whigham was director of the office of appeals and
transfers for the Montgomery County Public Schools. He handled such
matters as student expulsions and transfers and appeals of administrative
decisions affecting students.

Before joining that office in 2003, he was principal of Seneca Valley
High School in Germantown, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in
Bethesda and Martin Luther King Middle School in Germantown.

Wayne Elliott Whigham, a native Washingtonian, was a 1968 graduate
Anacostia High School and a 1972 graduate of the University of
Tennessee. In 1975, he received a master’s degree in special education
from George Washington University.

That year, he joined the Montgomery County Public Schools system at
Ridgeview Middle School in Gaithersburg, where his work included
crisis intervention and service as dean of students. He later was assistant
principal at Magruder and then Quince Orchard high schools in Rockville
and Gaithersburg, respectively.

He was a past president of the Montgomery County Association of
Administrative and Supervisory Personnel and a member of Mount
Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville. He was a Silver Spring resident.

Survivors include his wife, whom he married in 1980, Mary Beth Waits,
and their son, Christopher J. Whigham, both of Silver Spring; his
mother, Elaine Artis of Washington; and a grandson.

— Bart Barnes