Underwriters Laboratories has announced the passing of its former President Baron Whitaker,
who died April 20 at age 86.
Whitaker joined UL in 1936 as assistant electrical engineer and
advanced to various positions of increasing responsibility, including
chief electrical engineer. He served as president and member of
the Board of Trustees from April 1964 to his retirement in May
1978. At age 50, he was one of ULs youngest presidents; under
his leadership, ULs engineering staff more than doubled.
Whitaker was actively involved with the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI), serving as a member of its board of directors,
Executive Standards Board, Member Body Council, and Electrical
and Electronics Standards Management Board. Whitaker also served
on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) board of directors
and was active in the National Electric Code (NEC) development,
serving as chairman of the NEC Committee from 1961 to 1967 and
as vice chairman from 1968 to 1972.
Whitaker also held leadership positions with several government
organizations, including the presidents National Commission on
Fire Prevention and Control, the National Bureau of Standards
Committee of Laboratory Evaluation and Accreditation, and the
U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical
He received many professional honors throughout his career, including
ANSIs Howard Coonley Medal in 1978 and the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award. Other
honors include being named a fellow in the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers and a life member of the NFPA, the International
Association of Electrical Inspectors, and the National Society
of Fire Protection Engineers and the Standards Engineering Society.