Mr. Whereat worked in construction, carpentry, and plumbing while pursuing his dream of becoming a sculptor. He also taught at the University of the Arts, Abington Art Center, and Community College of Philadelphia, he told the Review.
"Everyone should do what they know they should do," he told the Review. "The payoff is not always monetary, but it is intellectual and emotional."
Mr. Whereat made the news in 2012 when he donated a piece of sculpture, Spirits Having Flown, to Friends' Central School, his alma mater in Wynnewood. The piece memorialized deceased members of the Class of 1976.
The idea for the donated sculpture came during the 35th reunion. The petal-like shapes were based on a concept he had been developing since the 1980s.
"Some classmates hadn't made it that far," Mr. Whereat told the Review. "So my friend, who is a lawyer, talked me into making a sculpture that was not just a donation, but also a memorial to our late classmates."
Mr. Whereat's career spanned three decades. Among his creations were a bas relief of the chemist and philanthropist F. Otto Haas in Stiteler Hall on the Penn campus, and a scientifically accurate sundial for the Presbyterian Historical Society in Old City.
A student of the bronze sculptor Anthony Frudakis, Mr. Whereat was willing to nurture the talent of others, his family said in a statement. At the time of his death, he was arranging gallery shows for two aspiring artists.
Surviving are his wife, Kathleen Agricoli; his father, Arthur; a brother; and a sister.
Contributions may be made to the Betty Whereat Scholarship Fund, Friends' Central School, 1101 City Ave., Wynnewood, Pa. 19096.