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Influential Citizen Leader, MCTC Patron, Passes at 89

Phil Davis and Wheelock WhitneyWheelock Whitney, the most influential citizen leader in the recent history of Minneapolis Community and Technical College, died on Friday, May 20, at the age of 89.

"There is so much to celebrate in the life and works of Wheelock Whitney, but this entire community joins the Whitney family in mourning the loss of a great Minnesotan," said Avelino Mills-Novoa, MCTC's interim President.

MCTC's President emeritus, Phil Davis, was a close friend and partner in Whitney's many contributions to MCTC. "As a frequent guest lecturer in addiction counseling classes and as a brilliant leader of the MCTC Foundation, Wheelock captured the mission of MCTC".

Whitney's generosity was also unmatched, as MCTC became a top community investment for the Whitney family. The MCTC library that bears his name has served thousands of students, and his scholarship contributions have opened the doors of college for many students. Wheelock's letters to his grandchildren and life story are the subject of an exhibit on the third floor of the library.

The MCTC community will host a celebration of the life of Wheelock Whitney this summer. Current president Avelino Mills-Novoa and president emeritus, Phil Davis, ask the MCTC community to keep in mind the Whitney family, his wife Kathleen Blatz, sons Ben and Joe and Wheelock II, and daughter Pennell. "Today we honor the legacy of an MCTC giant, and our hearts are with the Whitney family," said Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa.

Memorial Services
A celebration of his life is planned for Saturday, June 11 at the Wayzata Community Church.
Wheelock Whitney Scholarship Fund
You can make a gift to the MCTC Foundation in memory of Wheelock Whitney. The Wheelock Whitney Scholarship Fund makes the dream of college possible for deserving MCTC students. For additional information, please email the MCTC Foundation at MCTCFoundation@minneapolis.edu or call 612-659-6313.