John T. White LUBBOCK-John Thomas White died March 8, 2014, in Lubbock, Texas. He was born in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 23, 1931, to William Brown White and Bertha Linwood Barnes. John was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1948. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he served as a special agent in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corp. He married Mary Jo Cahill of Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 2, 1958. In 1962, he earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin. He began his teaching career as an assistant professor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan. In 1965, he accepted an associate professorship at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. He served as chairman of the Mathematics department from 1979 to 1987 and retired in 1998. Dr. White had a passion for imparting the love of mathematics. He was recognized by the Texas Tech chapter of the Mathematical Association of America for excellence in teaching and selected by Kappa Mu Epsilon as the Mathematics Professor of the Year. He directed 19 masters' students and one doctoral student. In 1980, Dr. White and Dr. Baldwin were instrumental in the establishment of the Master of Arts Program in Mathematics. Throughout his teaching tenure John also served as the Assistant Director for the Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics at the University of California at Berkley, the faculty advisor for Delta Delta Delta and Farmhouse, president of TAAMS, chairman of the Texas Section of the MAA selection committee for Distinguished Teacher of Mathematics, Director of the Board of Governors for the Texas Section of MAA, and on numerous committees at Texas Tech with the goal of improving the education of the students served. John was preceded in death by his wife, Jo White; and his sister, Wanda (Earl) Conrath. He is survived by his brother, Bill (Johnnye Ann) White of Lake Kiowa, Texas; daughter, Elizabeth (Matt) McGinnis, of Lubbock, Texas; daughter, Victoria (Don) Duncan of Frisco, Texas; daughter, Elaine Bennett (Paul) Dacy of Roswell, N.M.; grandchildren, Will, David, and Kevin McGinnis, Amanda and Michael Duncan, and Drew and Jonathan Dacy; and one great-grandson, Ari Dacy. Ever a pioneer for education, John donated his body to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He requested that no memorial service be held. To honor his life, the family requests donations be made to the John T. White Graduate Scholarship in Mathematics Endowment, Texas Tech Foundation, Inc., Box 41081, Lubbock, TX 79409.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Mar. 12, 2014