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George Clifford White Age 96, passed away at home January 16, 2007. George White was born, April 18, 1910 in Pasadena, CA. He is survived by his wife, Augusta White of 20 years, children, grand-children, great grandchildren and friends. Mr. White, a Stanford University graduate, was a registered civil and mechanical engineer; a consulting engineer with nearly 60 years of experience in the field of water treatment. Mr. White was a consulting engineer in San Francisco who was involved with water and wastewater projects for 36 years. He was responsible for developing more sophisticated chlorination control systems, including the first automatic chlorine residual control for waste water disinfections. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, and American Academy of Sanitary Engineers; and a director of the California Water Pollution Control Association. He has authored many papers and books. He is the author of Disinfection of Waste Water and Water for reuse (1978). In the course of writing his book he developed close ties to the Sanitary Engineering program at UC Berkeley. At one point he helped his colleagues by making some appropriate chlorination equipment modifications which they used in the notable work of wastewater disinfection. Mr. White touched the lives of many and was admired by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. Friends may visit Sunday after 3PM and are invited to attend the Vigil Service Sunday, 7PM at the Evergreen Mortuary of McAvoy O'Hara Co., Geary Blvd at 10th Ave, SF. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, 1PM at St. Mary Cathedral, Gough St. and Geary Blvd., Committal to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. McAVOY O'HARA COMPANY 415-668-0077

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 19, 2007.
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January 20, 2017
Clifford White was my godfather, and I have fun memories of both the Hardy Boys books that he gave to me in my youth, and staying at his house in San Francisco. He also took me around to visit sites affected by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and I remember looking in, and possibly standing in, the ditch preserved in the earth 80 years later. He also taught me to open windows on both sides of the car on a hot day in order to aerate the car! I learned that as a young boy, but but have never forgotten it.

Rest in peace, my godfather.
Graham Peck
March 31, 2009
It is a sad day indeed to read of the passing of my friend George; and all the more so since the news is only now in front of me. George offered his friendship so graciously one year, when I met him at a seminar in Phoenix. We talked about many things that day, more personal then technical. George did not care a flip that I was but a lowly instrumentation technician. He gladly signed my dogged-eared copy of the second edition, and put his home telephone next to his name. That day and during several phone conversation in later years he always encouraged me to do well, to be curious, to keep in touch, and would often pester me to submit a piece about Chlorine detection equipment calibration and maintenance, for his next edition of The Chlorine Handbook. I always felt unworthy of that suggestion, but never felt beneath his friendship. His unassuming, genuine, plain-talking personality instantly made you feel as though you were the focus of his attention – and the secret was that you were. How many folks like me he must have touched in his long life, we will never know. One thing I do know is that I miss him. Since moving East a few years ago I’ve been remiss about calling, and that has been my loss. My life is forever richer for having met my ole’ friend George Clifford White. Goodbye George.
Larry Keyes
October 19, 2007
I learned so much while working for Wallace and Tiernan (George) in San Francisco. I shall be forever grateful for the experience also fond memories of the organ concerts at George's home.
Gordon Woods
September 14, 2007
I learned a great deal from the private meetings I sat in on between George and the late Bob Baker of W&T. I am proud to have a copy of one of his chlorination books in my library that George signed for me.

Gary F. Trojak, Retired, The Chlorine Institute, Inc.
Gary Trojak
February 14, 2007
Your work inspired so many and led so many of us to the right direction about chlorination and disinfection. I was fortunate to hear you speak about your favorite subject. Thank you for incresing my knowledge. God Bless. May Heaven's Waters be cleaner now with you there.
Charlotte Waddle
February 14, 2007
I was honored to have known George Clifford White. He attended both Pasadena High School and Stanford University with my father, Brooks Morris, and I am proud to have shared so many career connections with him myself...Director, CWPCA; Fellow, ASCE; Director, WEF; Diplomate, AAEE; Life Member, AWWA; etc.
John Morris, San Marino, CA
January 28, 2007
Mr. White. You will truly be missed by all of us. Thank you for all the fun memories. You were truly a kind hearted and agengleman.
Lawrence Badih
January 20, 2007
Mr White, words can never say it all and so your memories will always remain in our hearts and never fades away. Have a safe trip home where there is no pain and suffering.
January 20, 2007
Augusta; we are sad to learn of Cliff's demise. He has been asked for by many of the Wednesday lunch group. It was very graciouis of you to bring him to our function when he was capable. We sincerely hope he did not suffer during his last days. Serenity House
jack mahoney
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