David Whitesell, Gig Harbor High School Teacher, Dies at 52
Last week, David Whitesell, an actor, writer and producer best known for his roles on shows such as Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street, passed away at 52 years of age. He was the brother of WME co-CEO Patrick Whitesell.
He served as special collections curator at UVa and faculty member of Rare Book School. His works include a comprehensive bibliographic description of books and pamphlets of American verse printed between 1610 and 1820.
Early Life and Education
Early in a child’s life, their brains develop rapidly. That is why providing them with quality education is so critical for their future success.
Early years are crucial for a child’s social, emotional and physical growth. By providing them with positive experiences during these formative years, children can go on to enjoy healthier and more successful adult lives.
Early childhood education programs are essential in aiding a child’s growth and development during these formative years, providing them with the foundations for lifelong success. Studies have demonstrated that these initiatives have an immense effect on children’s overall development.
Dave Whitesell has been an established leader in the business world for more than three decades, holding executive positions at both public and private organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms.
He has been the keynote speaker for numerous conferences and events, such as the National Association of Realtors convention in Las Vegas in 2011. His presentations ranged from marketing strategies to attract buyers.
He has also been active in several local organizations, such as the Aiken Downtown Development Association and Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he belongs to numerous professional bodies. But perhaps most importantly, his career has enabled him to make a positive difference in the community.
Achievement and Honors
David Whitesell is an accomplished teacher who has had a lasting impact on generations of GHHS students. Recently, the board of directors recognized him with the Karen Fellin award.
Whitesell, a longtime GHHS teacher and member of the Enhanced Collection System (ECS) Development and Installation Team, is best known for his history and AP art classes. Additionally, he teaches modern history classes on topics such as France’s Revolution and its impact on America. A proud dad to three daughters, Whitesell has served as mentor to numerous GHHS alumni over the years. With an impressive professional career ahead of him, he looks forward to many more years teaching and mentoring before retiring in Gig Harbor with his wife Mary.
David Whitesell was an outstanding teacher and role model for his students, earning him the Karen Fellin Award – a retroactive recognition given to teachers at Gig Harbor High School (GHHS).
Whitesell, a history and AP art teacher for over three decades in the district, was honored as its first person of honor when GHHS opened in 2000. His dedication to education has had an indelible effect on generations of students.
David Whitesell was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who served an Italian mission for his church. During this experience, David gained confidence in himself and learned how to be more open with people. These lessons will guide him throughout his career journey in construction management.
Whitesell is a talent agent and the executive chairman of Endeavor (formerly WME). With an estimated net worth of $450 million dollars, he’s one of the wealthiest individuals in Hollywood.
He is married to Lauren Sanchez and they have two children. After dating for 13 years, the couple divorced in 2018.
In 2006, they purchased a home in Beverly Hills and soon after moved to Mercer Island, Washington.
He served as Co-CEO with Ari Emanuel from 2009 on, overseeing the merger of both agencies and remains active today as Executive Chairman.
He represents clients such as Christian Bale, John Krasinski, Matt Damon, Kate Beckinsale and Ellen Page. Additionally, he collaborates with musicians like Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder and Childish Gambino.