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In Memoriam: James White, RIC emeritus professor


James White
James E. White, Rhode Island College professor emeritus of English, died on March 26 in Orange City, Fla. He was 86.

He taught modern poetry and drama and American literature and Irish studies at RIC for 32 years, beginning in 1956. He served as department chair from 1966-69 and made major contributions to the governance of the college during his three decade of service. He also published numerous articles and reviews and presented papers.

In honor of his dedication to the people of Rhode Island and its college, April 27, 1988 was proclaimed Professor James E. White Recognition Day by the Governor of Rhode Island.

Upon his retirement in 1988, he was appointed to the rank of professor emeritus.

James “Jim” White earned a BA from Wesleyan University in 1951, an MA from the University of Connecticut in 1953 and a PhD from Boston University in 1964, all in English. He also attended and taught at the University of Kansas (1952-54, 55-56) and at the University of Tübingen in Germany (1954-55).

A native of Meriden, Conn., he enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1944 and served in Aleutian Islands as a radio operator.

He was a regular attendee at the Rhode Island Symphony and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and was a member of the RI Recorder Society and many church choirs. He was also an avid Amateur Radio operator and a member of the Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club.

He is survived by his wife, Marion Hobson White, their five children and 11 grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the St. John the Evangelist Parish, 63 Church Street, Slatersville, R.I. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his memory to the Rhode Island College Foundation, Shinn Study Abroad Fund, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02908.