Former ODU rector passes away

Fred Whyte (left) ODU President John Broderick (right)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Old Dominion University is mourning the loss of a board of visitors member and a former university Rector.

The school’s website says Fred Whyte died Friday. ODU President John Broderick called him a remarkable friend and colleague.

At the time of his death, Whyte served on the school’s Finance Committee and was a member of the Student Enhancement and Engagement Committee.

Outside the university he served as president of the Virginia Beach-based company STIHL Inc for 23 years.