Jerome Victor White (“Jerry”), a husband and father, important communications engineer, theater lover, amateur athlete, church and community volunteer, and local professor, died at Crestwood Nursing Home in Milford, New Hampshire on December 18, 2020. He was born on October 6, 1929, led a full and interesting life, and had two long and distinguished careers.
Jerry was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, attended Brooklyn Tech High School, graduated from Cooper Union with a BS in Electrical Engineering, then obtained his MS from Columbia University. He brought his skill and training to bear on radar integration issues on large ocean liners for his first job. He and his wife Patricia were married at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University and the very next day they left for California where his wife continued college and he began working for North American Aviation, then Beckman Instruments, Inc. from 1955-1960, focusing on airplane communications during the Korean and Vietnam wars. They would frequently enjoy hiking at National Parks, dancing with friends at the newly opened Disneyland, and going on occasional road trips to Las Vegas for the shows.
After a brief time working in Chicago, Jerry moved his family to their newly-built home in Amherst, New Hampshire. He worked at Sanders Associates from 1963-1978, and then obtained his MBA from Northeastern University. His patented inventions include a digital control for analog signals and an oscillator control circuit for the US Navy. Jerry completed his engineering career at the MITRE Corporation in Massachusetts. Ready for a new challenge, he then obtained a Masters of Education from Rivier College in Nashua, and began teaching. He worked as a math professor for NH Community College, and continued tutoring math students throughout his life.
Jerry was an avid runner, baseball player, and strong swimmer who volunteered at the YMCA. He was involved in chess and tennis tournaments. He enjoyed the outdoors, hiked throughout NH, and loved traveling and camping with his family. He also had a lifetime involvement with theatre. He received seven years of training in technical theatre with John Hume in Downey California. At work, he was involved in the Mitre Lunchbox Theatre. In New Hampshire, Jerry was a long term member of the Nashua Theatre Guild where he participated in numerous productions including directing “Born Yesterday,” “The Nearsighted Knight and the Farsighted Dragon,” and “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” performing as Mr. Antrobus in “The Skin of Our Teeth” and, most recently, playing the part of Juliet’s father in Romeo & Juliet for Shakespeare in the Park. Jerry was on the Board of the New England Theatre Conference, and active in the NH Community Theatre Association. He was a Christian Scientist, was very active in the First Church of Christ Scientist, Nashua, taught Sunday School, and served as a First Reader.
He will be profoundly missed by the theatre community, his church, his friends and his family. Jerry was predeceased by his beloved son Richard Scott White, and is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Patricia White; his daughter, Mirth White and her husband Peter Schaefer; his granddaughter Arianell Schaefer; his daughter-in-law Lori White; his granddaughter Sue Mai White; and his brother, Edward White. He is also survived by his two nieces Elizabeth and Kathy. There will be no services; however, the family will be hosting a Celebration of Life at a date to be announced in the future.
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