James Willhite was born in Portland, Ore. and graduated from Benson High School.
Through studies at various locations including Oregon State University, he became a registered professional engineer. He worked for the Bureau of Public Roads and the Federal Highway Administration for 36 years in Vancouver, Wash., Boise Id., and headquarters in Washington D.C. His focus areas were bridge construction and highway safety including work in Honduras on the Pan-American Highway.
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