Richard Dudley White
1960 - 2018
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Richard Dudley White

Norfolk - Richard Dudley White, 58, died after a heart attack on July 21, 2018, in Norfolk.

Raised and beloved in storied Fort Dodge, Iowa, Rich married Mary Anna Newton, his grad-school sweetheart, in 1992. She survives him along with their son, Francis Hanrahan White.

Richard was born on February 28, 1960, in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, and grew up in Fort Dodge. His mother, Mary Virginia Hanrahan White, a single mother and teacher, died in 1980. Besides Mary Anna and Frankie, further survivors are siblings Regina White (Jack Hayes) of Falls Church, Thomas White of Norfolk and Victoria White (Stan Fitterman) of Tampa, Florida, his father-in-law, Francis Lanneau Newton, of Chapel Hill, NC, other Newton in-laws and loads of adored Hanrahan, Ford, Darling, Fitterman, Newton and Partrick uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews and multitudes of friends.

Richard graduated from St. Edmond High School in 1978. He received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University, earned his master's degree in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin and studied at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He was a resident fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

For 16 years Richard was the Latin teacher at Norfolk Collegiate School, his cherished son's alma mater, which sits across the street from Granby High School, where Mary Anna teaches Latin. Rich deeply inspired and taught a generation of students. He helmed the Battle of the Brains academic team, with Frankie a four-year member and captain, and was an assistant cross country and track coach for his son's teams, as well. Most recently, Rich and Frankie trained and sweated alongside each other in Jiu-Jitsu. Years ago, Rich taught at ODU and Virginia Wesleyan College.

All are welcome to the wake Friday, July 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Norfolk Collegiate (Granby St. Campus) Upper School Lobby/Cafeteria, 7336 Granby Street in Norfolk. Rev. Paul Muyimbwa will preside at a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 520 Graydon Avenue in Norfolk.

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Jul. 27, 2018.
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July 22, 2019
To Richard's family: It has been a tough year without this "joyful" man in your lives.
We go on, life goes on, but we still remember Richard with fondness.
He would love to be catching up with his friends and classmates from Fort Dodge. He would remember us all and he would remind us of the "little things" we forgot a long time ago.
He was a favorite in the Class of '78 for being so 'genuine and true to his loves in life". You meet a few people like him in your lifetime and you never forget them for being the best version of themselves.
Roxie Flattery
October 21, 2018
I worked with Richard during my two years at Norfolk Collegiate about 14 years ago. He was across the room from me and we spent quite some time talking religion, Latin, movies or poetry. It was always a pleasure seeing him. He was a such a kind and intelligent man. I've often thought about him these past 14 years in France. My thoughts are with his family.
Christophe Veyrat, France
Christophe Veyrat
August 5, 2018
I met Richard when I moved to Fort Dodge in 1976. I was new to Iowa, new to St Edmonds. I remember his quirky sense of humor and his kindness to one very shy girl from Wisconsin. I don't remember many people from Ft Dodge but I always remembered him. Condolences to those in his family and wishing you happy memories of his life ❤
Denyse Steinke Harbacheck
July 31, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss of a beloved husband and father, Mary Anna and Frankie. You will be in my prayers.
Sheila Jenkins
July 31, 2018
May the God of all comfort sustain your family during the days ahead Psalms 119:76
July 28, 2018
Such a genuinely nice man. He could talk to you about anything and his enthusiasm was infectious. I really enjoyed the time I was privileged to work with him.
Chris Elliott
July 27, 2018
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July 27, 2018
ST Edmond Class of 78
Richard graduated from St Edmond High School in Fort Dodge. The only time I have talked to him after school was at our class reunions. It makes me sad to know in less than 2 months we would of been calling classmates from the Class of 78 home for another Homecoming and 40 year class reunion.
I have to say that the things I remember most about Richard was the same things we knew he loved with a passion:
his latin,
he was one of the smartest guys in most rooms,
he loved exercising the brain in High School Bowl &
spirit of competion.
At the last reunion I got to meet his wife & son who he obviously adored & he carried all his passions into his life: family, latin, teaching and learning and giving his best in this world...
he really was a Classic!
Roxanne Leiting Flattery
St Edmond Class of 78
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Roxie Flattery
July 27, 2018
I have known Richard since we were 5 yrs old, meeting in Kindergarten. His wonderful mom taught me two grade levels at Sacred Heart. Richard was one of a kind. Everybody knows how intelligent he was but he was also a sweet guy. I last saw him 10 yrs ago at our 30th high school reunion. He was so excited to be there. I also got a chance to meet his wife. My condolences to Mary Anna and Richard's siblings.
Nancy Eide
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