Past APWA President, Max Whitman, dies

Former APWA President (1991-92) Max Whitman, 64, died Friday, May 26, at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, Illinois, following complications from surgery.

The former Winnetka (IL) Director of Public Works, whose career in public works spanned more than 40 years, also served as Chicago Metro Chapter President, Representative to the Chapter of Delegates, and Director of Region V. He was a member and past president of the Winnetka Rotary Club and an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette. He was named an APWA Top Ten Leader (1981) and received APWA’s Honorary Member Award.

Whitman held a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois, and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Roosevelt University. Before coming to Winnetka, where he served as Public Works Director for 27 years, he was Village Engineer and Traffic Engineer for the Village of Oak Park, Illinois.

Whitman is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sandra Whitman. Other survivors include a daughter, Katherine; a son, Michael; four grandchildren; a brother Jack and sister Nancy.

“Max was a wonderful gentleman with a whimsical sense of humor and an easy-going manner, a man who gave more than he got, a man of impeccable integrity, a natural leader, and a devoted husband, father and grandfather,” said friend and colleague Steven Magnusen, Director of Public Works for the Village of Libertyville, Illinois. “He touched the lives of many people and will be missed very much.”