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Retired Physics faculty member Frederick White remembered

(8-9-2000) A wake and funeral were held yesterday for Prof. Emeritus Frederick E. White (Physics), who died Aug. 5 at Ledgewood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Beverly following a brief illness. He was 91.

Colleagues said White's love of teaching was constant throughout his long career at BC, which began when he joined the Physics faculty in 1936. He retired in 1974.

White also served the University in a number of administrative roles, including as assistant dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, acting chairman of the Physics Department and moderator of Sigma Phi Sigma, the University's Physics Club.

In 1962, White chaired a committee that filed for BC's admission to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Although the University was not admitted to the society until 1968, the work of White's committee was seen as having played a significant role in BC's efforts to strengthen its reputation as an institution of academic excellence.

A Peabody native and graduate of Beverly High School, White earned an undergraduate degree from Boston University and master's and doctoral degrees from Brown University.

He was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Acoustical Society, and frequently edited and contributed to technical journals devoted to physics and acoustics. He also was acting director of the National Science Foundation Institute for Teachers of High School Physics.

Following his retirement from Boston College, White taught for several years at the Pingree School in Hamilton.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anna (Barron).

Funeral services for White were held at St. John the Evangelist Church in Beverly. Burial was in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.


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