The Passing of Alexander (Sandy) Whitney, Jr.

Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani, LLC (WBCM) is deeply saddened by the passing of Founding Partner and former Managing Partner Alexander (Sandy) Whitney, Jr., on March 15, 2022, at the age of 87. A highly respected leader in the engineering community, Mr. Whitney oversaw the formation and growth of the highway, bridge, survey, and construction inspection groups at WBCM. His vision, passion for excellence, and exceptional client service laid the foundation for WBCM’s success.

Mr. Whitney was born June 22, 1934, in Abington, PA, and moved to Baltimore when his father was hired by Westinghouse. He attended the University of Delaware for his undergraduate education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering while playing four years of varsity lacrosse. Mr. Whitney then attended the Johns Hopkins University and earned a Master of Science in Engineering.

Mr. Whitney began his engineering career in 1956, working for both private consulting and public entities before joining three other engineers in forming Whitney, Bailey, Cox and Magnani Consulting Engineers in 1977. Under his leadership as Managing Partner, the firm expanded its practice to include all aspects of civil and structural engineering and architecture. Mr. Whitney retired from WBCM in 1997.

Throughout his career, Sandy held many professional leadership roles, serving as president of organizations including the Engineering Society of Baltimore, the American Council of Engineering Companies/Maryland, and the Society of American Military Engineers Baltimore Post. He also served as a National Committeeman for the American Council of Engineering Companies and as National Director for the Society of American Military Engineers.  Sandy was elected to the grade of Fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Society of American Military Engineers.  In 1988, he was named Civil Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Maryland Section.

Mr. Whitney believed, “in honest in personal relationships, including the concept that there is no substitute for the truth. Also, everyone, regardless of his or her station in life, should be treated with respect. When dealing with people, being dignified and even-tempered is the only way.” He said, “In the office, I believe that being decisive, firm but fair, and leading by example is the best way to motivate.”

Sandy Whitney’s full-steam-ahead attitude, boundless enthusiasm, and focus on hands-on engineering and customer service made him the cornerstone on which WBCM was built.

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