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David O. WHITE Obituary

WHITE, David O.

David O. White, 74, of Tolland, loving husband of over 46 years to Lorraine (Wilt) White, passed away Monday afternoon, (April 16, 2012) in the hospice unit at Saint Francis Hospital. Dave was born in Philadelphia on March 3, 1938 and grew up in Glassboro, New Jersey. Upon graduation from high school in 1955, he worked for Penn Mutual in Philadelphia and later served two years in the U.S. Army. He and Lorraine were married in 1965. He graduated from Glassboro State College with a B.A. degree in 1969, and from the University of Connecticut with an M.A. in 1970. From 1970-1974 he worked at the State Historical Commission. He then transferred to the State Library where he oversaw the collections and exhibits as Museum Director. In 1992 he returned to the Historical Commission to oversee four state museums - the Prudence Crandall House, the Whitfield House, Newgate Prison, and the Sloan Stanley Museum. Dave retired in 2000 but remained active with several historical organizations. He was president of the Tolland Historical Society, treasurer for the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, and worked with the Methodist New England Conference Committee for Archives and History. Dave also published a book for Connecticut's Bicentennial entitled Connecticut's Black Soldiers 1775-1783. Dave was a faithful member of the Glassboro United Methodist Church, serving as president of his local youth fellowship and also as president of the Methodist New Jersey Conference youth fellowship. Dave was an active member of the Rockville United Methodist Church. He taught adult Sunday School classes for 32 years, was a lay preacher, and a member of several committees. In addition to his wife, Dave is survived by his two children, Rev. Kristin White of Wayne, Maine, and Andrew White of Boston, Massachusetts. He is also survived by his brother, Rev. Dr. Thomas White, his two sisters-in-law, Edna White and Barbara Wilt, a nephew, three nieces and their families.
Friends and family are invited to attend an 11 a.m. memorial service at the Rockville United Methodist Church, 142 Grove Street in Rockville on Saturday, April 28. A reception will follow the service. Dave's ashes will be interred in his home town of Glassboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rockville United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 25, 2012
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