In Memoriam --Bill Whitman (PC-Turkey Deputy Director 1964-65)
I am very sad to report that Bill Whitman died yesterday (Dec. 19, 2012) at
the age of 95. Bill was Deputy Director, 1964-65, and Director, Peace
Corps/Libya after that. He is survived by his wife of sixty seven years,
Doris, who resides at Alexandria House, Apt. 1903, 400 Madison St.,
Alexandria, Va. 22314.
Bill taught for many years at Robert College in Istanbul after graduating
from Harvard in 1939 and serving during the war in the RAF. His knowledge
and understanding of Turkey and its culture were unparalleled.He and Doris
have been good friends of Pat and mine, and we will miss him greatly.
Willard M. Whitman Jr., English
professor, personnel agency co-founder
Dec 21, 2012 08:48 PM EST
The Washington Post
Willard M. Whitman Jr., 95, a former English professor who
ran a personnel agency in Washington for more than a decade, died Dec. 19 at
his home in Alexandria.
He had heart ailments, said his daughter Jean Heimer.
Willard Mallalieu Whitman Jr. was born in
Lynn, Mass. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard
University in 1939 and a master’s degree in English literature and
Shakespeare studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1947.
Beginning in the late 1930s, he taught English at Robert
College of Istanbul. During World War II, he joined the British Royal Air
Force and served as a flying instructor in Africa, his daughter said.
He returned to Robert College after the war and became a
vice president in 1956. In 1960, he moved back to the United States and
taught English at the old Bennett College in Millbrook, N.Y. He later
oversaw Peace Corps programs in Turkey, Pakistan and Libya.
In 1969, he and his wife founded Whitman Associates, a
Washington-based temporary and permanent staffing agency. He retired in
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Doris Clark
Whitman of Alexandria; two daughters, Jean Heimer of Hagerstown, Md., and
Doreen McGill of Walkersville; a sister; and five grandchildren.
Mallalieu ‘Bill’ Whitman Jr.
Our colleague and friend, Willard “Bill” Whitman passed away
on December 19, at his home in
Virginia. Bill was 95 and suffered from heart ailments. He
is survived by Doris Clark Whitman, his wife of 67 years and his two
daughters, Jean Heimer, and Doreen McGill; a sister; and five grandchildren.
Many of us will remember Bill as the director of training for
PCV English Teachers at
College in 1964 and subsequently of Turkey-9, the CD program
which trained at Yalincak village on the campus of the new
Ankara in 1965. This was one of the initial Peace Corps
experiments at “in-country” training of its new volunteers. It proved to be
a unique and valuable experience for the Trainees, Turkish staff and
American staff. Peace
Corps Volunteers then serving in
Turkey were involved
in the training activities which proved particularly valuable!
Bill was later named Deputy Director of Peace Corps in
Turkey. In 1966 he moved to
Pakistan with Peace Corps and was subsequently made Peace Corps
Willard Mallalieu Whitman Jr. was born in
Mass. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from
University in 1939 and a master’s degree in English literature
and Shakespeare studies from the
Boulder in 1947. Beginning in the late 1930s, he taught English
at Robert College of Istanbul.
In World War II, he joined the British Royal Air Force and
served as a flying instructor in
Africa. He returned to
College after the war and became a vice president in 1956.
In 1960, he moved back to the
United States and taught English at
N.Y. After his work with Peace Corps in
Turkey, he was named Peace Corps Director of programs in
Bill and Doris founded Whitman Associates in 1969, a
Washington-based staffing agency. He retired in 1983. Bill and Doris
remained active in “Friends of Turkey” activities in the
Peace Corps alumnae regard Bill and Doris with deep affection
and great respect. Bill will be missed! A memorial is planned for the
Spring [of 2013]..
-- from the Peace Corps Office
My most endearing memory of Bill and Doris was when I saw them in Istanbul,
Turkey, a number of years ago, staying at what I am sure was their favorite
Sari Konak Hotel below the Arasta Bazaar. When they weren't going to lunch
and dinner with friends, they used to go to the upstairs terrace and play
their board games and read.
One couple we ran into talked about their love of Turkey and hope that they
would be returning to Turkey just as the elderly couple they had seen
walking the Sultan Ahmet streets, hand in hand with an umbrella for the
weather or walking stability. Friends and I knew exactly whom they were
talking about and told them about the couple.
Doris and Bill were a wonderfully matched couple with mutual love and
respect always evident. They truly loved Turkey, their time there and in all
the other counties that were privileged to have them.
Margaret Hamill Patterson (T-4)
It sounds like Mr. Whitman had a fulfilling life. I also send wishes that
he rest in Peace for a job well done.
Pat Lowther (T-2)