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Robert L. White


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Robert L. White Obituary
August 11, 1925 - December 29, 2016 Robert "Bob" L. White, also known as "Mr. Rotary," passed away on December 29 at his home in Corona del Mar. He was born in Torrance, CA to Col. Harry and Mary White and then moved to Santa Monica where he grew up. His first car, a V8 1932 Ford, was purchased in 1951. He continued to nurse and drive this car until 2014. After graduating from Santa Monica High at 17, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps with three close friends. Returning from the service he attended UCLA, with a degree in engineering. He then went on to USC for graduate work. Bob began his 40-year career with the Southern California Edison Company, serving as District Manager in Vernon, Fullerton, and Whittier. He retired in 1989. During this time he joined Rotary International and rose to District Governor of District 5280. Rotary was his passion. It was difficult for him to have a conversation without pitching Rotary. He achieved "Perfect Attendance" for 56 years. As a member of the Rotary Polio Corrective Surgery team, he and his wife, Beverly, made many trips to India, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia where they assisted a group of doctors operating on over 7,000 children who had been crippled by polio. Bob was very active in each of the communities where he worked: Chambers of Commerce, YMCA, United Way, Red Cross, and Boy Scouts, where he served as chairman of the first Jamboree. He also was a member of the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee. Bob is survived by his wife, Bev, daughters Trish (Graham Wright), Laura, Brenda (Stuart McCroskey), Lisa, and his son Steve Copeland. He was a loving grandpa to granddaughters Shannon, Samantha, Madelyn and grandsons Benjamin (Ann), Will and great-granddaughters Frances and Charlotte. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marge, and his sister, Mary Louise. Bob always had a smile and encouragement for everyone and no one that met him will ever forget him. Bob and Bev had a wonderful life together, traveling the world from Antarctica to the Arctic, and celebrating the many joys of their blended families. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to: The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 5 to Jan. 7, 2017
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