Willard M. Whitman Jr., English professor, businessman

Willard M. Whitman Jr., 95, a former English professor who ran a personnel agency in Washington for more than a decade, died Dec. 19 at his home in Alexandria.

He had heart ailments, said his daughter Jean Heimer.

Willard Mallalieu Whitman Jr. was born in Lynn, Mass. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University in 1939 and a master’s degree in English literature and Shakespeare studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1947.

Beginning in the late 1930s, he taught English at Robert College of Istanbul. During World War II, he joined the British Royal Air Force and served as a flying instructor in Africa, his daughter said.

He returned to Robert College after the war and became a vice president in 1956. In 1960, he moved back to the United States and taught English at the old Bennett College in Millbrook, N.Y. He later oversaw Peace Corps programs in Turkey, Pakistan and Libya.

In 1969, he and his wife founded Whitman Associates, a Washington-based temporary and permanent staffing agency. He retired in 1983.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Doris Clark Whitman of Alexandria; two daughters, Jean Heimer of Hagerstown, Md., and Doreen McGill of Walkersville; a sister; and five grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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