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James Robert "Bob" White

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White, James Robert "Bob"
Bob White, 90, passed away November 21, 2015. He was born May 27, 1925 in Paris, Lamar County, Texas to Tuck Simpson White and Augustine McCrary White. At the age of five months he moved with his parents to Globe, Arizona where he was raised. Bob served as an Officer of the Valley National Bank (now Chase Bank), where he assisted the bank's executive management in dealing with the major socio-economic issues affecting Arizona and the Southwest. He headed the bank's governmental affairs, including legislative interests and extensive involvement in a wide variety of public interests. He served as Manager of Public Affairs for the bank, and earlier headed the bank's national economic and industrial development activities and worked with both in-state and out-of-state firms to promote the economic growth of Arizona. A graduate of Globe High School, class of 1943, Bob played football, served as a class officer, was awarded the American Legion Scholarship Medal and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Bob was a proud graduate of the University of Arizona. He served on the faculty as its Director of Publications. An accomplished artist, he designed the original campus mascot, the Arizona Wildcat, which had been used for over fifty years and was recognized as one of the best recognized college mascots in the country. In 1999, Bob was awarded an Honorary Varsity Letter for his contributions to the University's Athletic Program. Both, the University of Arizona, and his fraternity, Kappa Sigma, elected him into their Halls of Fame for his contributions and legacy. Bob is a retired Naval Aviator and Officer. He has over 1,200 hours of flight time in various aircraft, including transports, anti-submarine, reconnaissance, and high-performance jet fighters. He served during both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He holds a Commercial Pilot's License with instrument ratings in single and multi-engine aircraft, for land and sea. He maintained an active role with former Naval Aviators in the Association of Naval Aviation. He is a Director Emeritus of the Central Arizona Project Association and Past president of the Arizona Water Resources Committee. He also was a Founder and Director of the National Water Resources Institute. He served on the Maricopa County Flood Control District Board. He has served as a Director of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, The Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He served as Chairman of the Arizona Solar Energy Commission. Bob served as president of the Phoenix Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He served on the Washington-based Atomic Industrial Forum. Other civic or cultural organizations on which he has served as an officer or director include: Chairman of the Arizona Industrial Development Council; the Valley Forward Association, Governor's Water Treatment Study Commission, Arizona-Mexico Commission, Valley of the Sun United Way, Phoenix Charter Government Committee, Arizona Indian Centers, Arizona Heart Institute Advisory Board, and American Bankers Association, Wash., D.C. -Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee. Mr. White was a founder of the Valley of the Sun Visitor's and Convention Bureau. He also served on the Gulf Oil Corporation's Governmental Advisory Board. He has been a director of the Western States Tire Co. But mostly, Bob enjoyed traveling the world, camping, backpacking, hunting, and spending time in their summer mountain homes in the Rim Country with his "very best friend", Jane, and his family. He is a pushover for his four Grandsons and has enjoyed attending and cheering at all their sporting activities. He loved his flying. He had a passion for golf with his wife and pals. He was a member of the Arizona Country Club, The Phoenix Country Club, was a founder of The Rim Golf Club, and Chaparral Pines Country Club. He was an active member of the Valley Presbyterian Church. Bob leaves behind his beloved wife of over 67 years, Jane Heron White, daughter of a pioneer Globe family, brother, Paul, sister-in-law, Gayle Heron, two sons, James Robert "Rob", Jr. (Cheryl); Kent Bradley, and four grandsons: Tucker, Dakota, Logan and Brolin White. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ. A celebration of life will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in honor of Bob White to Banner Alzheimer's Foundation, 2901 N. Central Avenue, #160, Phoenix, AZ 85012 or online at www.bannerhealth.com/supportalz.

Published in The Arizona Republic from Dec. 6 to Dec. 10, 2015
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