Wheelock Whitney, Jr.
|Wheelock Whitney, Jr.|
July 30, 1926|
St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||May 20, 2016
Independence, Minnesota, U.S.
|Education||Phillips Academy, Yale University|
|Occupation||Investment banker, educator, sports team owner/executive, politician|
|Board member of||Johnson Institute
|Children||Wheelock III, Pennell, Joseph, Benson|
|Parent(s)||Wheelock Whitney &
Wheelock "Whee" Whitney, Jr. (July 30, 1926 – May 20, 2016) was an American businessman, educator, sports team executive and owner, philanthropist, and politician.
Whitney attended Phillips Andover and Yale University with George H.W. Bush. He and Bush were both members of Delta Kappa Epsilon at Yale. Whitney was a successful investment banker from 1957 until 1972, when he left the industry to teach at the Carlson School of Business.
Whitney married Irene Hixon on August 21, 1948. They provided aid to Vernon Johnson, who pioneered the method of using an intervention to confront alcoholics and substance abusers so as to get them professional help for their addictions. They created the Johnson Institute after Johnson helped Irene Whitney through an intervention. Irene Whitney died of lung cancer in 1986. In 1990 Whitney married Penny Lewis, a professional horse trainer, from whom he was divorced in 1994. In 2005, he married Kathleen A. Blatz, the former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Whitney died on May 20, 2016.
Whitney was involved with the Continental League, the third major baseball league, in 1959. He helped obtain the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball franchise for the state, and served on the team's board of directors from 1961 to 1985. Whitney was also part of the successful effort to obtain a National Hockey League franchise for the city of Bloomington, Minnesota. The team, the Minnesota North Stars, was founded in 1967 and played at the Met Center, which Whitney helped get built. He was also a part-owner and president of the Minnesota Vikings football team for a number of years.
Whitney was involved with the sport of thoroughbred horse racing for many years. His best-known horse was Quicken Tree, a California runner in the 1960s whose wins included the Santa Anita Handicap and the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
|Party political offices|
|Republican nominee for Governor of Minnesota
|Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate,
Minnesota Republican Party State Convention
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