OBITUARY

Charles A. "Art" White

September 11, 1919February 4, 2014

Charles A. “Art” White, 94, of Normal, passed away Tuesday February 4, 2014 at his home.

Mr. White was born in Cambridge, Ohio, September 11, 1919. His parents, now deceased, were Charles P. and Mary E. (Wilson) White. On June 9, 1947 he married Lois McCulloch at Apollo 1st Methodist Church in Apollo, PA.

Mr. White graduate from Cambridge High School and attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. He was in the Armed Services from 1941 to 1945, during which time he was an officer in the Transportation Corp serving in North Africa and Italy.

Following his service time, Mr. White returned to Muskingum, graduated, and taught high school in Ohio for one year. He then continued his education, receiving his M.A. degree at Northwestern University, and taught for four years at Ripon College while working on his Ph.D. degree, which he received in 1957 from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. White came to Illinois State Normal University in 1957 as an Instructor in Speech and Director of the Forensic program. Between the years 1957 and 1986, he held several administrative positions. He was Chairperson of the Department of Speech, which in the early days included Theatre, Speech Pathology, and Radio. He was particularly proud to be an assistant to President Samuel Braden. When Dr. White retired in 1986, he had been Dean of the Graduate School for twelve years.

During the years at ISNU, Mr. White enjoyed traveling. He and Lois, his wife, were in England several times, which included Scotland and Ireland. They also traveled in France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. They were on two safaris in Africa-one in East Africa and one in South Africa. The White family took a half semester leave to the University of California at Berkeley. Several Elder Hostels, which included Hawaii, were enjoyable and profitable, and a trip to Alaska was particularly noteworthy.

Surviving are his wife Lois McCulloch White and two sons, Mark C. White and John P. (Lara T.) White. Also surviving are three grandchildren: Adam, James and Sydney Grace White.

Mr. White attended the New Covenant Community in Normal and was for many years a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Normal and a longtime member of the College Alumni Club.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday February 7, 2014 at East Lawn Funeral Home, 1102 Airport Rd. Bloomington, IL 61704. Service will be at 4:00pm Saturday February 8, 2014 at New Covenant Church, 210 W. Mulberry Normal IL 61761.

Memorials may be made to the New Covenant Community in Normal.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 8, 2014
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Clayton Thomas

February 22, 2014

Art White, a true gentle man and a gentleman. And, yes, he was a scholar. He touched many lives, including mine. I will always remember him with great fondness and respect.

Betty Steinlicht

February 14, 2014

My sympathy to your family. May God bless all of you.

Betty Steinlicht
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John White

February 10, 2014

My dad's lifetime spanned an incredible time our in history. He was born into a time where the major mode of transportation, for many, was still the horse. My Grandfather in fact was a postman who delivered the mail by horse drawn wagon. It was a time when airplanes were just starting to fly, where there were no computers or cell phones or televisions and where discrimination against people was practiced and protected in our country.

He would live to see a time where cars are everywhere, his oldest son makes his living programing computers, I make my living flying jet aircraft non-stop 6000 miles around the globe, where we have been to the Moon and back, where kids wear computers on their belts and where a black man was elected as president of the United States. A day, I will add, where dad told me he cried tears of joy.

He was born into a generation, which lived thru the great depression; dad tells of getting an orange as his one and only present one Christmas. A generation, which went off to war; dad served in the Army in North Africa and Italy in WWII. It was a sturdy generation, a hard working generation, and a “don't bother the kids, we can take care of ourselves” generation.

As evidence to that fact, I tell a story from 7 years ago when dad was 87. My family was still living out in Oregon, it was June, and we were planning our summer family vacation to come to Illinois to see mom and dad. It was a Tuesday night and I was on a layover in HNL and talking to my wife Lara in Portland. She said I might want to call mom to work our some logistics for the trip. I called back to Normal and talked with mom for twenty minutes or so and mom finally said, “well your dad is not here right now.” I ask if he was out for a walk perhaps. Mom replied “no he was at church Sunday morning, this is Tuesday night as I mentioned, and was not feeling well so they took him to the hospital,” Oh I replied, did one of the other parishioners take him?, “Well no, I think he may have mentioned he was having a heart attach and they called 911” Have you called Mark I ask. “Oh no your father and I did not want to bother you boys”

I learned many things from dad growing up. But as I reflect on this, it was indeed both mom and dad who taught me equally these many things. That is a lesson in and of itself. To be raised by two strong and engaged parents, working together to raise their children. These ideas have become my core beliefs in life. Ideas, which I hope I have leaned and that I hope I can also impart to their grandchildren, Adam, James and Grace. They taught me mostly by their actions, but also with their words.

Dad taught me to be honest, open and polite in all my dealings with people. He taught me to work hard and to try to be a good husband and father. The most important thing I learned from dad however is this, to respect all people, no matter who they are, how they look, their education or their position in life. In short, he taught me that the worth of a person is not in the title they hold, but in the content of their character.

I will remember many things about my dad. I will remember watching him practice his speeches in front of the mirror. I will remember watching him do a magnificent job teaching a freshman speech class after he retired from being Dean of the Graduate School. I will remember him warmly greeting all of my friends into our home. I will remember us going to Cubs games together. I will remember that he never missed one of my baseball games growing up. I will remember the joy he got from watching his three grandchildren.

I will remember these things and I will miss him greatly.

Nancy Wolter

February 9, 2014

I am very sorry I could not attend Art's visitation with my husband, John. I have fond memories of Art and just want to express my deepest sympathy to you, Lois, and to your sons and their families. I am thinking about you at this time.

Nancy Wolter

Becky Ehredt

February 9, 2014

Lois, Mark and John - The Roderick family remembers Art from ISU and the School Street neighborhood. He and Lois were great neighbors. We are sorry for your loss. Becky (Roderick) Ehredt on behalf of the Roderick family

Tudy Schmied

February 8, 2014

I was privileged to have Mr. White for a class at ISU. Decades later I worked in the Wellness Program at ISU and sometimes served as a lifeguard at McCormick, where I again met up with Him. He was such a nice, humble man with a great sense of humor. He was one of those people who made you smile.

February 7, 2014

I spent a good part of my childhood hanging out with John at the White's house growing up on School Street. Mr. & Mrs. White were always very welcoming and were great neighbors. Very sorry to hear of Mr. White's passing -- I will always have great memories of him. -- Pat Walsh, Indianapolis, IN

Carol A. Reitan

February 7, 2014

Earl and I are thinking of you, Lois. Art was a god friend and colleague at ISU. Carol and Earl Reitan

Brad Barker Honda

February 6, 2014

Art will be greatly missed. Our staff always looked forward to chatting with Art when he brought the Accord in for servicing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
~Brad Barker Honda Service Department

February 6, 2014

A fine man--gentle and learned. His parting leaves a huge hole in my life and in the life of the School Street neighborhood. Safe journey, Art. --Bill Morgan