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William Hollingsworth Whyte

William Hollingsworth Whyte, American writer. Recipient Benjamin Franklin magazine writing award, 1953, Liberty and Justice Book award American Library Association, 1957, American Institute of Architects award, 1983, Natural Resources Council award, 1985, Doris Freedman award, 1985.


  • Whyte, William Hollingsworth was born on October 1, 1917 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of William Hollingsworth and Louise (Price) Whyte.

  • Education

    • Bachelor cum laude, Princeton University, 1939.


    • With Vick Chemical Company, 1939-1941, First Marmes, 1941-1945. Writer Fortune magazine, New York City, 1946-1951, assistant managing editor, 1951-1959. Distinguished professor Hunter College, City University New York, 1970-1971.


    • The Organization Man
    • Regarded as one of the most important sociological and business commentaries of modern times, The Organization Man developed the first thorough description of the impact of mass organization on American society.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Member Hudson River Valley Commission. Member President's Task Force Natural Beauty, 1964-1965. Co-director White House Conference Natural Beauty.

    Trustee Episcopal Church School Foundation. Trustee Conservation Foundation American Conservation Association. Board directors Municipal Art Society New York, New York Landmarks Conservancy.

    Served to captain United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1941-1945. Member Society of Cincinnati (Maryland). Clubs: Quadrangle, Century Association (New York City).


    • Married Jenny Bell Bechtel, October 1964. 1 daughter, Alexandra.
    • father: William Hollingsworth Whyte
    • mother: Louise (Price) Whyte
    • spouse: Jenny Bell Bechtel
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    • 1939
      Princeton University
    • 1939 - 1941
      With Vick Chemical Company
    • 1941 - 1945
      With Vick Chemical Company
    • 1946 - 1951
      writer, Fortune magazine