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Memorable Manitobans: Larry James Whitney (1942-2017)

Civil servant.

Born at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 22 July 1942, his childhood was spent in Winnipeg. After receiving a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba, he joined the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) at Regina in 1968, returning to Winnipeg the following year to join the provincial civil service, working in the Water Resources Branch for the majority of his career. He served on numerous interprovincial and international water management boards and commissions. In 1997, he was the primary governmental spokesman during the Flood of the Century, for which his calm and honest demeanor earned him a Rotary fellowship in 1997 and the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration in 1998. Married to fellow civil servant Carol Scott for 34 years, he was a member of the Sturgeon Creek United Church and an avid musician. He died at Winnipeg on 17 July 2017.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 2017.

We thank Heather Aldwyn for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 May 2019

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