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WHITE, HALBERT L. Halbert L. White died on March 31, 2012 after a 4-year battle with cancer. He was 61. Dr. White was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 19, 1950. He earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Princeton, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was his class Valedictorian. He earned a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. White joined the faculty of University of Rochester in 1976 and joined University of California, San Diego, in 1979. Dr. White is survived by his loving wife Teresa B. White, an artist of Rancho Santa Fe, California. He also leaves behind, his son Rich Heath West, the Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Utah, who resides in Park City, Utah, his daughter Rachel Heath, a photographer and Human Resources Manager of Carlsbad, CA, and three sisters, Celeste White, an author and artist of Redding, California, Catherine White, a harpist of Sheepscombe, England, and Lynda Lanker, an artist of Eugene, Oregon. His parents were Halbert Lynn White and Emily Roach White. Dr. White was the Chancellor's Associates Distinguished Professor of Economics in the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, and Founder, Bates White Economic Consulting. He was one of the world's leading economists, recognized for setting new research standards and influencing a broad range of economic disciplines. He had particular expertise in econometrics and pioneered innovative approaches to econometric methods, statistics, and modeling. Dr. White was widely recognized to be a contender for a Nobel Prize in Economics as identified by Thomson Reuters in the 2011 prediction of Nobel laureates. Dr. White was also a passionate and accomplished trumpeter and composer. Throughout his life he played with various jazz groups, carrying horns with him on academic and business travels around the world in case the opportunity to play with a local group arose. Dr. White founded Bates White Economic Consulting with Charles Bates in 1999 and in no small part due to Dr. White's contributions, Bates White became quickly known for setting new quality standards in the economic and econometric analysis of legal disputes. Dr. White's many contributions have been published in the major journals in economics, finance, statistics, and engineering. Dr. White published more than 150 books and articles in top journals, and he held the unique distinction of having authored the most-cited paper in the peer-reviewed economics literature since 1970. Dr. White held multiple distinctions, including: Who's Who in the World, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and Econometric Society Fellow. He is also listed in Global Competition Review's International Who's Who of Competition Economists. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the at: (www.cancer.org/involved/ donate/donateonlinenow/index) in Hal's honor.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 8, 2012
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