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Washburn, F. E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1901)

Nelson Oliver Whitney,   pp. [unnumbered]-126


Page 126


The lVisconsin Engineer.
1878. During the summer following his graduation lhe was on
the -codetic survey of Pennsylvania, and the next winter he
was instructor in civil engineering in the University of Pennsyl-
vania and in the IPennsvlvania School of Industrial Art. From
1878 to i88o he was in the office of the chief engineer of the
Peninsylvania, Railroad, where he was engaged in construction
work. The next two years he spent in Mexico as locating en-
gineer, un(ler the late A. AI. Wellington, on the Mexican -a-
tional Railroad. In 1882 he returned to Pennsylvania and be-
came locating engineer on the South Pennsylvania Railroad, and
from i884 to i886 he was resident engineer on the Tuscarora
tunnel.
  In i886 he was appointed assistant to the chief engineer of the
Pennsylvania Railroad in charge of construction and maintenance
at Chicago, which position he held until called to the chair of
railway engineering at the University of Wisconsin in i89i.
  The illness of Professor WXhitney dates from November, i899,
when he contracted a severe cold while returning with his class
from an inspection trip to Pittsburg. The cold soon developed
into a severe attack of pneumonia which was complicated by
weakness of the heart, and it was only through the most careful
nursing and watchfulness that the crisis was successfully passed.
By February lhe had so far recovered as to be anxious to re-
sume in a measure his University work, which he did by rid-
ing to and from his office in a carriage. But the exertion was
too great, and in four or five weeks he suffered a severe relapse.
In the course of the summer he gained gradually and seemed
on the way to complete recovery. At the opening of the college
year, he again insisted upon doing a share of his work by meet-
ing the students at his home.  During the winter lhe has con-
tinued to gain in strength, and it was hoped soon to see him back
at his usual place in the University.
Professor Whitney was a member of the American Society of
Civil Engineers, of the Western Society of Engineers, and of
several railroad clubs and other societies. He was married in
1883 to Miss M\ary Ella Taintor of Philadelphia, who, with five
children, survives him.
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