Frederic B. Whitman July 1, 1949 - June 30, 1965
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 1, 1898 Frederic Whitman
received his public school education in that city, was graduated from
Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1919 and from the Harvard School
of Business Administration in 1921. He served with the United States
Army in World War I as a Second Lieutenant.
His first railroad service was with the Fort Worth & Denver City Railroad as a locomotive fireman and machinist helper. On October 7, 1921, he went to the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy.
Mr. Whitman started his railroad career in 1919 as a locomotive fireman on the Fort Worth & Denver City Railroad, which became part of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad system. He left the service of that company to return to Harvard University's School of Business Administration from which he obtained his Master of Business Administration degree in 1921. He then went to work for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad as freight house laborer, subsequently serving that road continuously as a payroll clerk, roundhouse laborer, freight car repair checker, switchman, brakeman, extra gang timekeeper, assistant track foreman, yardmaster, traveling car accountant, assistant trainmaster, trainmaster, assistant superintendent, superintendent, assistant to general manager, assistant general superintendent and general superintendent from whence he came to the Western Pacific in 1948 as Executive Vice President and as a director.
He was elected executive vice president by WP's board of directors effective October 1, 1948 and subsequently President of the Railroad in 1949. Mr. Whitman was also Chairman and Federal Reserve Agent of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Twelfth District, a director of Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, a trustee of Equitable Life Insurance Company of Iowa, a member of the National Industrial Conference Board and an Overseer of Harvard College. He was also a past president (1940) of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents.
Mr. Whitman passed away in Alameda, California on April 30, 1980. He was 81 years of age.