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Whitney, Frederick C. (1919-) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Whitney, Frederick C. (1919-)

Historical Note:

Frederick C. Whitney was born December 3, 1919, in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and later Yale University.  During 1940, Whitney served as a reporter for the Havana Post and Havana P.M. newspapers in Cuba, and in 1943 served as a reporter for the Los Angeles Evening Herald & Express.

In 1943, Whitney entered the US Army and was commissioned in January of 1944. Upon discharge in 1946, he entered San Diego State College as an undergraduate, working on several news staffs in San Diego County. From 1950 to 1952, Whitney was involved with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, acting as General Manager and later as Public Relations Director.

After a short term as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of San Diego, he acted as President and Owner of Frederick C. Whitney Company, public relations consultants. During this time, Whitney was also a quarter-time lecturer in the Department of Public Administration at San Diego State College.  From 1967-1970, Whitney was a half-time lecturer in the Department of Journalism at San Diego State College.

After being tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in the Journalism Department at San Diego State University, Whitney was elected Chairman of the Department in 1975.

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