the time of his selection for Honorary Membership, Rex M. Whitton had
completed a 47 year career in public service in highways. He joined the Missouri State Highway Department in 1920 and was
named the Department's Chief Engineer in 1951 after advancing through
the various positions. Ten years later in 1961 he was Federal Highway Administrator, a
post he served in until 1967. He then joined the engineering firm of Howard, Needles, Tammen
and Bergendoff in their Kansas City, Missouri office.
Whitton received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and honorary Doctor of
Science degrees from the University of Missouri and has been honored by
receipt of the George S. Bartlett Award in 1958, the Thomas H. MacDonald
Award in 1960, International Road Federation's Man of the Year Award in
1966 (he was the first United States person to receive the latter).
He received the Washington, DC "Road Gang"
P.D. McLean Award in 1966 and in 1960 he was cited as one of the
top ten Public Works Men of the Year.
He is a Past President of AASHO, and the HRB Executive Committee
and a member of ARBA, ASCE, and NSPE.