Sad passing of La Trobe statesman

The University is very sad to mark the recent passing of Mr Milton Whiting, known as one of 'Sunraysia's favourite sons' who dedicated much of his life work to La Trobe University.

Milton Whiting Mr Whiting served on the University Council from 1970-1988 and is largely responsible for the establishment of the Mildura campus.  

'There are many whose lives and those of their families who have been enriched as a result of this (the development of the campus),' said friend and colleague, Vernon Knight, Executive Officer of the Mallee Family Care, of Mr Whiting's extensive involvement with La Trobe.  

He passed away last week aged 88, after a long illness.

A former prisoner of war, Mr Whiting was a member of parliament for more than a quarter of a century and Order of Australia Medal recipient.

Mr Whiting was elected as the Country/National Party Member for Mildura in the Legislative Assembly in 1962 and retained that position until retirement in 1988 -12 of those years spent as deputy leader of the party.

He also had a passion for the development of the region's youth having sewed on boards and committees at Robinvale High, and Irymple and Mildura Technical Schools (as well as La Trobe).

In honour of Mr Whiting's service there are plans for a Milton Whiting Scholarship on Social Work at La Trobe University Mildura.

He was locally raised and maintained his roots in north-west Victoria until his death.

Mr Neil Fettling, Executive Director of the Mildura Campus said Mr Whiting will be greatly missed, and that the University will always be grateful for his foresight and vision in improving education in Mildura.