James P. Whitters III ’62, P’95, P’97
James Whitters thrives on mentoring young adults, calling it one of his greatest passions. After graduating from Trinity with his B.A. in history, Jim served for three years as a U.S. Navy Officer. In 1965, as a graduate student at Columbia University, Jim volunteered as a teacher for Head Start and coached young athletes in Harlem. Then, while in law school at Boston College, he helped found the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau, which provides legal services to low-income people.
In 1969, he earned his law degree from Boston College, passing the Massachusetts Bar that same year. Jim worked as a trial lawyer for several Boston firms, including 25 years with Gaston Snow & Ely Barton. As busy as he was, Jim still found time to give back to the community. He served on the boards of Greater Boston Legal Services and the Massachusetts NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 1983, Governor Michael Dukakis appointed him to the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission and he would later serve as its vice chairman. Jim taught American legal history at Suffolk University for 15 years as an adjunct professor, and he continues to mentor many of his former students in their law careers.
Jim is currently president of the Alkalol Company, a pharmaceutical business begun by his grandfather in 1896. Working with him in the business are his son, James P. Whitters IV ’95, and his daughter, Katie Whitters Vaughn ’97.
As a Trinity student, Jim was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and a varsity letterman in track and football. Jim felt his Trinity football days helped to shape his career path, and in 1995 he started a career services program with the support of current head coach, Jeff Devanney. The program is an annual forum and banquet with other professional alumni intended to provide direction and networking opportunities that often result in internships or long-term jobs for players. Said Coach Devanney, "Our players benefit immensely as many have found jobs and internships directly from these events. Jim spends a lot of time organizing this program, which has helped a number of our players.”
Jim further supported his alma mater by serving on the Board of Trustees for 12 years. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Alumni Association and served for many years as the president of the Trinity Club of Boston. In 1987, at his 25th reunion, he received Trinity’s Alumni Medal for Excellence, and on the occasion of his 50th reunion, Jim received the Eigenbrodt Cup for his significant service to the College.