Anthony Gene White PhD

November 8, 1946 to June 21, 2014 -

Fourth generation Oregonian, Anthony Gene White PhD, died at a Tualatin hospital Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Tony was born a Scorpio in Eugene on November 8, 1946. His growing up family included his parents Wallace Eugene and Vivian Arlene (Thomson) White, his older sister Linda (married name Chamberlain), and his beloved grandmother Mabel “Honey” Thomson. They moved to Cottage Grove when Tony was four. There he started his schooling, graduating from Cottage Grove High School in 1964. He was a cub scout. In high school and college he enjoyed choir and theater.

He spent a lifetime reading and studying, completing his undergraduate studies at Oregon State University in only 3 years. As a teaching assistant at the University of Delaware, he met his wife of 45 years Carole Ann (Price) White. While on the East Coast he also got a glimpse of what Oregon could become if it didn’t get serious about land-use planning. He changed majors to the School of Urban Planning and Policy. But, switching grad school majors during the Vietnam era meant you were back in the draft pool. After completing an enlistment commitment in the U.S. Army, he continued a commitment to civic duty by proudly serving in the Oregon State Defense Force. Colonel White’s assignments varied from emergency service duty during ice storms to more recently assisting families of National Guard members serving in the Middle East. Their stories touched his heart. Fittingly his military interment was held at Willamette National Cemetery at 12:30 on Wednesday July 2.

After their May 17, 1969 wedding, Tony and Carole left Delaware and made their first home in NW Portland. (Yes, that is where the Army stationed him.) In 1976 they built their dream home in West Linn, making many new friends at West Linn Lutheran Church, and throughout the community. These friendships evolved into fun loving gourmet groups, and the couple threw many St Patrick’s Day parties that friends eagerly anticipated.

In 1994 he attained his PhD in Public Policy and Administration from PSU where he was often invited to teach as an Adjunct Professor. Tony truly loved teaching and especially inviting guest lecturers he knew from the real world of government. For a short while he helped develop a public policy program at Marylhurst. As a teacher he pulled from a wide variety of positions he had held in the public sector, including work at local government, county, state and federal levels. He made wonderful friends along the way including those at the Public Utility Commission, at Bonneville Power Administration, and with the Canadian counterparts on the Columbia River Treaty.

Among his favorite charities were the Oregon Food Bank, and Portland State University FBO School of Public Administration. At the end he was able to donate his eyes to the Oregon Eye Bank. In so many little unnoticed ways he was always looking out for the underdog.