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2012 News in Brief



CEE Professor Emeritus Robert Whitman dies at 84

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Robert WhitmanLongtime CEE Professor Robert V. Whitman S.M. ’49, Sc.D. ’51, died February 25 at age 84. A world-renowned geotechnical engineer and expert on earthquakes, he was with CEE from 1948 until his retirement in 1993, except for two years spent in military service. He remained an active member of the MIT community for many more years as a professor emeritus. Whitman is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betsy, two daughters and four grandchildren. Another daughter predeceased him. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., March 1, at the Church of Our Redeemer in Lexington. Donations may be made in his memory to Citizens for Lexington Conservation Inc., P.O. Box 292, Lexington, MA 02420-0003 or to the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust. Read a news release.