SEMINOLE, Fla.-William B. ``Bill'' Whitney, 67, former editor of Tire Review magazine, died Jan. 27 in a Seminole hospital of complictions resulting from a massive heart attack suffered five months earlier. Mr. Whitney, widely known to dealers and suppliers and once a familiar face at industry events, was a member of the magazine's staff for more than 36 years before retiring in 1987. He also was vice president and editorial director of the magazine's parent corporation, Babcox Publications.
Mr. Whitney received the American Retreaders' Association's Industry Pioneer Award in 1987 and also was honored in that year by the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association for his service to tire dealers and the industry at large.
NTDRA Director of Communication Services C.D. ``Tony'' Hylton III, a longtime friend and colleague, described Mr. Whitney as a trade journalist who was ``more at home in a tire dealership than a company board room, yet equally effective in either situation.''
Since retiring, Mr. Whitney had been living in St. Petersburg, Fla. where he continued to write for the Akron-based trade magazine and other publications.
A native of Akron, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during World War II and was a graduate of the University of Akron.
Survivors include his wife, Louise; daughter, Janet Whitney of Akron; mother, Vera Whitney of Largo, Fla.; a stepson and two stepdaughters; 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.