Captain Roderick M. White
December 27, 1928 – March 11, 2020
A service for Capt. Roderick M. White will be held at the United States Coast Guard Chapel, New London. CT on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 11:00am.
A service for Capt. Roderick M. White will be held at the United States Coast Guard Chapel with an inurnment in the Columbarium at the Academy. Services will be scheduled when the Academy re-opens. Please select the “Receive Notifications” button below to receive updated service information. U.S. Coast Guard Captain Roderick M. White departed this world on March 11, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Judith G. White; his daughter, Priscilla W. Hallman; her son, Nathan, and his wife, Laura Fritz; her son, Wrenly, and his partner, Ellie Desautels; and her stepson, Cavan, his wife, Katie, and their son, Dash.; and his step-daughter Jennifer Gorman and her husband Patrick and their children – Patrick, Daniel, and Quinn. Captain White was predeceased by his first wife, Carol (Mayer) White and their son David White. Captain White was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Norman and Marion White. Captain White graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1950. He served in the Mid and North Atlantic, the Arctic, and the Antarctic. He received a Naval Engineer Degree in 1956 and a Doctor of Science Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1965 - both from MIT. In 1969, he was nationally recognized by the American Society of Naval Engineers with their award of the Gold Medal for his design of the “White Bow” for the S.S. Manhattan. He served as a professor of engineering for the United Coast Guard Academy from 1959 to 1974 and was appointed Dean of Academics from 1974 to 1983. Captain White was an active member of the New England Association of Academic Evaluation Teams and ABET (Engineering and Technology). He consulted on the design of polar icebreakers at Coast Guard Headquarters and with the Canadian Parliament regarding the Northwest Passage and Ocean Systems Engineering. After he retired from the Coast Guard 1983, Captain White served as the Executive Director of the Coast Guard Foundation and later as the Executive Director of the Eastern Connecticut Foundation for Public Giving. Captain White was a dedicated public and civic servant serving as the Registrar of Voters and on the Board of Education and Board of Assessments in town of Old Lyme; as the President of the New London Rotararians; as a member of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Board, the Boy Scouts Long Range Planning Committee, the Citizens Advisory Committee for Old Lyme Schools, the Harbor Management Commission, “Mystic and More,” and the Republican Town Committee; and a supervisor of student teachers for the University of New Haven. Captain White was lauded throughout his life for his dedication and excellence in service. The USCG Academy Class of 1984 dedicated their yearbook to him. He was awarded Distinguished Professor Emeritus by the Academy in 1999. Further in 2018, the town of Old Lyme recognized his commitment to the public and honored him as Citizen of the Year. Captain White was a kind and gentle husband, a dedicated educator, an accomplished Coast Guard officer, and a people person at heart. He enjoyed sailing, golfing, and touring the east coast in his GMC motor home with his wife, Judy. He was honored, respected, and loved by those who knew him personally and knew of him reputationally. His departure from this earth will be our loss, but his legacy will live on through the many lives he has touched and spheres he has influenced.
Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, Old Lyme is handling the arrangements.
Celebration of Life
Friday, July 23, 2021
Captain Roderick M. White
March 11, 2021
Thinking of you today, Judy, and hoping that your cherished memories of life with "The Captain" are making you smile.
With much love,
May 11, 2020
I first met Rod White while studying at MIT where he was working on a PhD thesis in 1964-65. Occasionally he talked to me about the Academy and positive changes since I graduated in 1959. He was one of the first CGA alums to become a member of the Academy's Permanent Commisioned Teaching Staff. Inspired by his enthusiasm; a few years later I applied for such a position, and doubt I would have considered it had I never met Rod White. The decision was a good one and I served 23 more years at CGA. Rod was a role model, friend, leader, and ultimately, the Dean of Academics. His enthusiasm and quest for excellence at the Academy carried over to cadets and the rest of the staff, and his leadership was vital in improvements in the overall quality of the Academy programs. I was honored to serve with him.
March 19, 2020
He was the Class Advisor for the CG Academy Class of 1966 and we all thought very highly of him. I was Class President 3rd Class Year and his calm and steady advice got me through some of the challenges that being at the Academy bring.
His tolerance of Cadet "shenanigans" while still leading and advising how to survive and excel was a trait that set him apart from some of the other officers at the Academy.
The Class of 1966 and the entire Coast Guard have lost an incredible officer who positively impacted many of us throughout his career and beyond. We will miss him!
David Visneski CAPT. USCG (ret)
March 18, 2020
He was the dean when I was a cadet. He would come talk to the Nav Arch’s/ Marine Eng.’s when we were 2nd and 1st class cadets. He would make excited about our field of study. He came to me after I picked the USCGC Westwind as my first billet and told me what a great choice I made...and he was So right! He was a great Officer , Dean and Leader. I will miss him.
CAPT Dave Visneski , Class of 76 , former CO of USCGC HEALY
March 18, 2020
Rod was our next-door neighbor growing up. A kind, gracious man who never refused this little boy's request to take a dip in his pool. Godspeed.
March 15, 2020
I was very sad to learn of Rod’s passing. Rod was a friend and Coast Guard Academy faculty colleague for forty years. I have fond memories of coffee at Panella’s, happy hour at the 95 House, the Tuesday morning department heads staff meetings, and of course the weekly USCGA Academic Counsel Meetings. After his retirement, Rod joined other retired USCGA faculty and staff at the Academy to share old memories. During the last few years, Rod was not able to join the Wednesday gathering, however, he was always in our thoughts and discussions.