Curt was the fourth child in this family of eight children of Charles O. and Dorothy E. Whitney They all grew up in Miami FL, at 900 NE 88th St. a few blocks from Biscayne Bay. He had reddish/auburn hair with blue eyes, with freckles. He wore glasses starting in fifth grade after his teacher, Mr. Kevorkian, noticed him straining to see the blackboard. He liked sports, was above average in most, but never participated in varsity. He had a newspaper route with the Miami News and sometimes helped his older brothers on their Miami Herald routes on the weekend mornings. He became active in NorMi Demolay rising to top office of Master Councilor in 1959. He also received First Place honors for his part in the DeMolay degree competition all three years he participated. He graduated from the University of Florida in 5/63 with High Honors. He took his first regular job with Bell Telephone Laboratories and completed his Masters degree from NYU in 1965. At BTL he specialized in Microwave Radio and Transmission Systems Engineering. He left his job in early 1971 to take his family to live on a 30' sailboat n the USVI. It was a Pearson Coaster and was named Venture. While there he crewed on a friend's 57' boat sailing to Gloucester, MA and successfully learned and applied celestial naviagation in the process. He took a job there in 7/71 as manager of West Indies Yachts, then left the USVI after his divorce from Judy in 11/71. He crewed on a couples sailboat assisting them on a sail back to the US and went thru a dismasting about 30 mi. north of Haiti. Upon return to Florida, he found his children had beeen sent by Judy to stay in FL with Mom & Dad Whitney. He got a job with Southern Bell in the Radio group, becoming supervising engineer in Ft. Lauderdale. Curt met a friend of Carol's, Ann Thomas and they married and moved to Margate, Ft. Lauderdale, and then to Perrine with the job. Curt was then offered a job in Atlanta in the newly forming cellular industry with BellouthMobilityInc. as General Mgr.-Network Design. A few years later Curt was attracted to Houston Cellular as its first Director/VP-Engineering & Operations. Then he transferred back to Atlanta in 1991 to be Director of Operations for the BellSouth Cellular Corporation from which he retired on 4/1/2000. Curt & Ann built a large cypress log home along Caney Fork creek near Cullowhee, NC and live there in retirement. They also bought a villa in Delray Beach to stay in while visiting Ann's mother. In 2017 they sold that and bought a new villa In Lake Park, Tradition, Port St. Lucie, FL.
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