Milton W. Whiting, 89
WORCESTER - Milton W. Whiting, 89, of Worcester, a veteran and philanthropist, died Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Rose Monahan Hospice Residence in Worcester.
Milton leaves his wife of 69 years Dorothy Whiting; a niece Shirley Powell of Shalimar, Florida; and a niece Sandra Bertheaume of Worcester.
Milton was a retired engineer with the International Business Machines Corp., better known as IBM, where he worked for 32 years.
Milton was born in Sanford, Maine, the son of Herbert and Josephine Whiting. He was one of four boys and the last surviving child of the eight children in his family.
Milton graduated from Sanford High School with a record of aptitude in Mathematics.
Not long after high school, Milton enlisted in the Army Air Force. After evaluation, he was sent to France Air Base where he assisted in maintaining and repairing bomber aircraft that were flying over Germany. He was honorably discharged after World War II ended in Europe.
Milton studied civil engineering at the University of Maine.
He moved from Sanford to Worcester in the early 1950s, where his wife grew up. In Worcester, he responded to an IBM employment recruitment ad targeted to WPI students. He was interviewed and later accepted a job offer which was the beginning of his long career with IBM.
Milton loved music and singing. He especially enjoyed the harmony of barbershop quartet singing and his long participation with the Worcester Men of Song.
Milton had a long history of community involvement, volunteering and support for veterans. He has been deeply active with Veterans Inc. of Worcester. And with their recent addition of facilities in Shrewsbury, Milton and his wife have been generous benefactors of the Veterans Inc. mission. In appreciation for their efforts, Veterans Inc. has dedicated their Shrewsbury chapel to Milton and Dorothy Whiting.
There will be a funeral service Thursday, March 31, at 11 a.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester.
Burial will be Friday, April 1, at the Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery in Winchendon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2016.