WHITE, Alexander III Passed peacefully at St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica in the morning of July 17, 2013 accompanied by friends. He was born in Columbus, Indiana on January 4, 1936. His family moved to Los Angeles after the war and he attended University High School. Alex White was a longtime resident of West Los Angeles and Brentwood. Alex White had a prodigious grasp of history, particularly of the Dark Ages, and his interests reflected his extraordinary grasp of the ebb and flow of peoples through the Renaissance, the American Revolution, to the French Resistance. One of his favorite observations was that if the British hadn't won on the Plains of Abraham, we would be speaking French. A graduate of Harvard College in 1957, Alex White did graduate work in Middle East and European History at UCLA. As a student leader, Alex White played a key role as a member of the joint graduate-undergraduate free speech movement hearing board which crafted the free speech regulation recommendations which were adopted by Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy and for years served as the free speech regulations for UCLA. Additionally, Alex White served as the Los Angeles coordinator of the UCLA 1965 Summer Community Organizing and Political Education (SCOPE) Project with which over twenty UCLA students worked in Macon, Georgia as part of Dr. Martin Luther King's effort to promote support for the passage of what became the 1965 Civil Rights Voting Act. He taught history at Yale University from 1965 to 1968 and then returned to UCLA where he served as a Associate Dean of Student Activities, a Student Affairs Officer and Director of the UCLA's Experiential Learning Program Office (EXPO) . While at UCLA he developed and administered what was regarded as the most comprehensive collegiate government internship program in the nation. Among the many students mentored by Alex White were former Los Angeles City Controller and Councilmember, mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, and former cabinet secretary to President Ronald Reagan and later chief of staff to Vice President George H.W. Bush, Craig Fuller. Alex White also served as a trusted advisor and the volunteer campaign treasurer for Los Angeles City Controller Rick Tuttle.
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A memorial service is planned for September 28, 2013.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 28, 2013