In my years of reading about physique photographers, one thing comes up repeatedly in relation to Don Whitman in addition to his consummate skills as a photographer. During his many years running Western Photography Guild, he was always known as a kind and generous gentleman. He never pressured his models to go beyond their comfort level, much less to have sex. He founded a regional bodybuilding competition in Denver and sponsored several of his models so they could get a good career start. When Mr. Whitman passed away in 1998 at age 81 more than a dozen of his former models attended his funeral, many bringing their wives and children. He was that respected.