John C. Whitaker, an aide to former President Richard M. Nixon who participated in the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency, died of heart failure June 12 at Kensington Park Senior Living in Kensington.
The former Guilford resident was 89.
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he was the son of Clifford Edmund Whitaker, an auto parts business owner, and Stella Neville.
In a 2003 University of Colorado interview, he recalled "the very pristine environment of Vancouver Island" he experienced as a child. He moved to Baltimore when he was 8.
"That was the first time I had ever seen grime. I had never seen a muddy stream in my life," he...