Jennifer Whiting '78
Induction Year: 1994
Sport(s): Squash
Graduation Year: 1978

Jennifer Whiting began her career at F&M just as the momentum for developing women's varsity sports was beginning. Squash was one of the first sports sponsored on the varsity level for women, starting with the 1974-75 season, and Whiting was one of the early top performers. The number of institutions playing varsity women's squash during Whiting's career was limited, as were the tournament and competitive opportunities available compared to the schedule present-day players face. Nonetheless, Whiting was one of the top players nationally and the best player in F&M history at that time. Whiting was a four-year letterwinner, playing mostly in the number one position her junior and senior seasons when she was named team MVP.

While complete career statistical records are unavailable, Whiting did have an 11-5 record in 1976-77 and followed that with a 16-7 record her senior year. She received Honorable Mention All-American status at the National Women's Intercollegiate Squash Tournament, the highest honor an F&M woman squash player had ever received. At commencement, Whiting received the prestigious Williamson Award. Given to the senior reaching the highest standards of character, leadership, and scholarship. Following graduation in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, she continued to progress academically and athletically.

She received a master's (1981) and Ph.D (1984) in philosophy from Cornell University. While earning her graduate degrees, Whiting was a Top 20 nationally ranked player in the United States Squash Racquets Association (USSRA) for three years. Her final ranking was 19th in 1979, 15th in 1980, and 10th in 1981, when she finished in eighth place in the USSRA national championship tournament. Now a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Whiting is currently on sabbatical doing research in Palo Alto, CA