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Thomas Shoemaker White Jr. ’48

Published in Mar. 22, 2006, issue

A stalwart of our class, Tom White died Dec. 16, 2005.

Tom joined us by way of Peekskill (N.Y.) Military Academy in 1944 and graduated in 1949 in psychology. He was in the Army Air Force from 1945 to 1946. At Princeton, Tom played varsity lacrosse, sang in the choir, and was a cheerleader and a manager of the Beer Mug Agency. He dined at Cap and Gown.

After a stint at Bamberger's and advertising work for Procter & Gamble, corporate personnel at Bristol-Myers provided a home from 1965 until retirement in 1989. Tom's rise at Bristol was continuous and led to his being vice president in the office of the chairman, and a director.

Following retirement Tom continued to be active in civic affairs, including as a commissioner on the National Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, as a trustee of the Westport (Conn.) Nature Center for Environmental Studies, and as a vestryman of Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport. He was Santa Claus for the children of Devon Road in Green's Farms, Conn., where he and his wife, Helen, lived for many years.

Tom is survived by Helen, his wife of 54 years; his daughter, Christine; sons Mark and Frank; and two granddaughters.

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