Life & Times of Jeffrey Whalen

Jeffrey Whalen at the beachJeffrey Whalen lived in Yorktown Heights, NY with his wife and two sons, but grew up in Katonah, NY. His close friends called him “Al.”

Jeffrey Whalen graduated from John Jay High School in Cross River, NY.  Whalen went on to earn dual undergraduate degrees in Performance and Music Education from Berklee College of Music.  He also earned a master’s degree in Performance with a concentration in jazz at SUNY Purchase College in Purchase, NY.




Jeffrey had so many interests and hobbies.  He often listened to:
Over the years, Jeffrey taught himself a lot about carpentry and gardening:
Jeffrey Whalen with Wood Blocks
Here he is building a raised garden bed:
Jeffrey Whalen Building Raised Garden Bed
One carpentry project was a tree house.  It took a long time to build because he was determined to build around the trees not putting a single nail into the living structures.  The extensive root systems made for a challenge as well.  Jeff created plans as he went, one step forward two steps back!  But the final result was complete with an indoor table, benches, windows as well as a side pulley delivery bucket system that his boys helped to build.
Jeffrey Whalen - Tree House photo
Jeff loved cooking and eating!
Jeffrey Whalen having lunch
Whalen first developed his culinary skills with trial and error and Cooks Illustrated magazine:
Eventually, Jeffrey took a shine to Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining
As per cooking shows, Jeffrey was fond of New Scandinavian Cooking | Welcome to culinary Scandinavia:
Like a lot of people, Jeff made full use of the popular site
Here are a few of favorite recipes that became staples in the Whalen home. Hopefully they become favorites of yours as well:
Being outdoors was something that Jeff cherished.  Some of his favorite activities were following biking, running, soccer, swimming and traveling.
Jeffrey Whalen hiking in the rainforestJeffrey Whalen traveling in Hawaii


Jeffrey Whalen adventure - outdoorsJeffrey Whalen traveling in DC
The Katonah Swim Team was something Jeff participated in while growing up.  They celebrated their 50th reunion recently.
Here are some links to the Katonah Swim Team: