Religion: Case of the Missing Organist

Tall, gangling Lawrence K. Whipp, 52, was an impeccable ornament of Paris' prewar American colony. He was rather aloof, deeply religious. For 20 years he was organist, choirmaster and lay reader at the Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the Protestant Episcopal Church's mainstay in France and a pillar of the American colony's social façade. Last week the whereabouts of Larry Whipp were a baffling mystery, and friends in Paris were combing his record for clues.

In the spring of 1940, when chic society disintegrated at the approaching threat of German boots, Trinity's Dean Frederick W. Beekman fled to the U.S. Organist Whipp,...

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