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Meanwhile, his brother Patrick decided to continue living with their father, whose plumbing business employed him.
Whitman's father began to telephone Whitman several times a week, pleading with him to convince his mother to give the marriage another try, but Whitman refused.
Leduc, later a confidant of Whitman, was a family friend who had accompanied Whitman and his father on several hunting trips.
At the age of 16, Whitman underwent a routine appendectomy and was hospitalized following a motorcycle accident.
As a 12-year-old, he was among the youngest ever to achieve Eagle Scout, to his father's delight.
When Whitman was 14 and still serving as an altar boy, his Scout leader Joseph Leduc completed seminary and served as the priest of Sacred Heart for a month.
During the interview, he made a remark about feeling the urge to "start shooting people with a deer rifle" from the University tower.
After rescuing his pinned comrade, Whitman was hospitalized for four days.
In December 1964, Whitman was honorably discharged from the Marines and returned to the University of Texas, this time enrolling in its architectural engineering program.
Now lacking his scholarship, Whitman worked first as a bill collector for Standard Finance Company and later as a bank teller at Austin National Bank.
Family issues The Whitman family had a long history of dysfunctionality.
By 1966, Whitman's mother Margaret had announced she was divorcing his father.
Following his enlistment, Whitman was accepted into the University of Texas' mechanical engineering program on September 15, 1961 through a USMC scholarship.