Deceased October 24, 2020

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In Memory

Rich White passed away on Oct. 24, 2020, at age 63. A native of Hadley, Mass., he attended the Williston Northampton School before Amherst and married Noreen Fucci in the summer of ’79. Rich then went on to obtain his law degree from St. John’s University. He and Noreen raised two children, Alicia and Brendan, in whom he nurtured an enduring love for the arts. During their hockey careers, Rich became a model “hockey dad,” driving hundreds of miles up and down the East Coast for games and tournaments and numerous NESCAC matchups during Alicia’s years at Wesleyan University.

Rich’s family wrote: “Rich had a passion for art, food and underloved technologies, from film to reel-to-reel tapes to 8-track. He was an avid musician and music lover, collecting instruments, records and tube-based amplifiers, eventually building a recording studio and darkroom in his basement. Upon corporate retirement in 2019, Rich devoted himself to painting and became an enthusiastic member of the studio community at the Manufacturer’s Village in East Orange, N.J. His paintings were heavily indebted to abstract expressionism and were shown in galleries in Yonkers, Brooklyn and Jersey City. His ready wit, cooking prowess and jovial spirit will be sorely missed.”

My last image of Rich is watching him tell stories, that great mane of silver hair flying, from one of the overstuffed leather chairs in the library at Chi Psi at our 40th reunion. It’s a shame that his creative energies were snuffed out too soon. “Work hard, have fun, learn something.”

Keith Stephenson ’79