Obituary: Tom D. Whitaker

Motion Analysis Corporation (MAC) is saddened by the death of its distinguished CEO, Tom Whitaker who passed away on October 31, 2017 at the age of 79.

Tom Whitaker graduated from Ukiah Union High School class of 1956 and was awarded an Athletics Scholarship to University of Nevada Reno. While playing four years of football and two years of baseball, during his junior year, he was the national pass receiving champion in college football in the country. After graduation, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Concurrently, he served his country for eight years in the United States Army Reserves achieving the rank of Captain. Tom Whitaker holds a BSEE. degree from the University of Nevada Reno, class of 1960, and a MBA. degree from the University of California Berkeley.

Tom served as President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Motion Analysis Corporation (MAC) for over thirty years. Tom Whitaker was previously employed by General Electric Company (GEC) for twenty years. He completed the highest level GEC Executive Development programs. He also served for ten years as a Director and Chairman of the Board for Redwood Empire Bankcorp, National Bank of the Redwood and Allied Savings Bank. He also served as a Director of Dry Creek Vineyards, Standard Structures, was a member of the advisory board of the Department of Engineering Science at Sonoma State University.

In 1996 Tom Whitaker served on the First Executive Board of “The International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) Technical Group on the 3-D Analysis of Human Movement” and remained a board member for over 10 years. In 2008, the Society established the "Whitaker-Allard Innovation Award" in recognition of Tom Whitaker’s and Paul Allard’s contributions to the group and the world of biomechanics. This award was introduced to recognize and compliment the best presentation of the symposium.

In 2005 MAC was awarded four technical achievement Oscars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. MAC received two further recognitions in 2011 and 2014 when they were awarded the IBC Innovation Award in conjunction with CNBC (2011) and Sky Sports (2014) for their CamTrak system. Tom Whitaker was influential in the development of the CamTrak product within MAC.

In 2012 the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) and the Simon Bolivar University (USB) officially thanked Tom Whitaker, CEO, and his team at MAC for their continued generosity and commitment to support biomechanics in Economically Developing Countries (EDC). The donation from Motion Analysis to the ISB sponsored biomechanics laboratory at USB, Caracas-Venezuela, in 2007, demonstrated outstanding charity and dedication to encourage the development of Biomechanics in Venezuela and around the world.

On a personal note, Tom celebrated a big life and travelled the world with his life-partner and loving wife Elizabeth. He is survived by his wife: Elizabeth Whitaker, 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister and his cherished MAC family who remain steadfast in continuing his mission.

Motion Analysis Corporation (MAC) has been at the forefront of motion capture technology since its founding over thirty years ago, with offices throughout the U.S. as well as London, Tokyo and Beijing. MAC systems are used in a wide variety of applications from Clinical/Biomechanical Analysis, Rehabilitation, Sports Performance, Ergonomic Analysis, Animation and Games Production, Military and Simulation, Broadcast Applications, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and Industrial / Engineering Applications. Tom Whitaker’s passion, dedication, and vision run deeply in the MAC team. We are committed to honoring his memory by continuing the company’s commitment to developing new Motion Capture technology and using this technology for novel and new applications.

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