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Julian White, first black faculty member at LSU, dies

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BATON ROUGE — Funeral services were  held July 22, for pioneering LSU faculty member Julian T. White.

White, a native of Alexandria and graduate of Peabody High School, was the university’s first black faculty member. White died Tuesday, July 2oth,  after battling cancer. He was 73.

Today’s services are at First Union Historic Baptist Church, 601 Lee St. in Alexandria. Burial will be at Lincoln Cemetery in Pineville.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

White was a professor of architecture at LSU, being hired in 1971. He retired in 2003.

White also maintained an architecture firm in Baton Rouge, with the majority of his projects concerning work with area schools and churches across the country. He also served for numerous years on the state of Louisiana’s Board of Architectural Examiners.

“The LSU community is saddened to hear of the loss of Julian White, who helped to educate and prepare scores of architecture students over his 30-plus year career here,” LSU Chancellor Mike Martin said. “He certainly holds an important place in the university’s history by breaking the color barrier as its first black professor.

“However, he also leaves behind a strong impression with his fellow educators and the students who he taught, as well as a lasting legacy in the architectural community. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and former students in this difficult time.”

White’s father, the Rev. Willie A. White, operated W.A. White Funeral Home, which is handling today’s services. The funeral home has been owned and operated in recent years by Julian White and his sister, Willie D.W. Moorehead.

White earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois. He was the second licensed black architect in Louisiana.

Prior to his arrival at LSU, he taught at both Southern University and Tuskegee University.

White is survived by his wife of 50 years, Loretta Jones White, five children and 13 grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Julian T. White Memorial Scholarship fund at LSU. Checks should be made payable to the LSU Foundation (memo line: Julian T. White Memorial Scholarship) and sent to the LSU Foundation, c/o Michael D. Robinson, College of Art & Design, 102 Design Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Donations may also be made to the American Cancer Society.



Written by demon53

July 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

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