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Elizabeth Sherman "Bibba" Arnold

Female 1915 - 1992  (76 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Sherman "Bibba" Arnold 
    Born 2 Dec 1915  San Francisco, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 18 Sep 1992  Los Altos, Santa Clara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I13389  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2018 

    Father George Stanleigh Arnold,   b. 3 Apr 1881, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1942, Marin, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Sherman Thatcher Kent,   b. 8 Jan 1894, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1952, Marin, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1915  Washington, D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F8400  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Francis Whitmore,   b. 6 Jan 1916, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 6 Jan 1996  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married 1 Nov 1946  [3
    Children 
     1. Thomas Sherman Whitmore,   b. 10 Feb 1953, Washington, D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 7 May 2018 
    Family ID F8401  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • http://www.sfgenealogy.com/boards/mcobits/archive4/5426.html:

      Elizabeth 'Bibbs' [sic] Arnold of Los Altos, a mathematician, environmentalist and wildlife advocate who helped crack the Japanese code during World War II, died Friday, Sept. 18, 1992, at her Los Altos Hills home of lung cancer. She was 76.

      A native of San Francisco, Dr. Arnold was reared in Marin County and was the oldest grandchild of Rep. William Kent, for whom the city of Kentfield was named.

      The daughter of a prominent San Francisco attorney, Eugene Arnold, she attended the Katherine Branson School in Ross and graduated first in her class in 1932. The school later named a day in her honor after she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Vassar College in her junior year.

      After graduating from Vassar in 1937, Dr. Arnold earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1941.

      During World War II, Dr. Arnold was recruited by the Navy and worked on a team of cryptographers cracking Japanese codes, for which she received a Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

      In the 1960s, Dr. Arnold worked on machine language translation at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Inc.

      After her retirement in 1969, Dr. Arnold helped establish a recycling center in Los Altos and worked with Wildlife Rescue, helping injured animals.

      Dr. Arnold is survived by her husband of 46 years, Dr. William Francis Whitmore of Los Altos; four sons, Charles Whitmore of Washington, D.C., Edward Whitmore of San Francisco, Thomas Whitmore of Oakland and Peter Whitmore of Victoria, B.C. Also surviving are her brothers, George Stanleigh Arnold of Kentfield, Peter Arnold of Grass Valley and Anthony Arnold of Novato.

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      Note that the above obituary is in error in two respects. Her father was George Stanleigh Arnold, not Eugene Arnold; and her family nickname was "Bibba", not "Bibbs."

      Her page at the Mathematics Genealogy Project is here, showing her to be a generation of advisors closer to Felix Klein than her husband was.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1998] Sherman Genealogy Including Families of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, England: Some Descendants of the Immigrants, Captain John Sherman, Reverend John Sherman, Edmund Sherman and Samuel Sherman, and the Descendants of Honorable Roger Sherman and Honorable Charles R. Sherman by Thomas Townsend Sherman. New York: Tobias A. Wright, 1920.

    2. [S1859] "Elizabeth Arnold: Helped crack enemy code." Marin Independent Journal, 20 Sep 1992.

    3. [S1926] Who's Who in Commerce and Industry, Fourteenth Edition. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1965.