Well known educator, Dr. Alvin White, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2016.
A native of Jacksonville, he graduated from Stanton Sr. High School and Florida A&M University on an athletic and music scholarship. He was also inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame and the Gallery of Distinction for Education.
He also received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and his Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University of Education.
As one of Duval County’s most outstanding educators, his professional career included assistant football and baseball coach (Matthew W. Gilbert Junior-Senior High School), basketball coach (A.L. Lewis Elementary) and Assistant Principal, Athletic Director and head football coach (Eugene J. Butler Junior-Senior High School). He was named the first Vice Principal of a predominately white high school, Robert E. Lee followed by a promotion to principal of Eugene J. Butler Junior-Senior High School.
After much racial unrest, Dr. White was appointed principal of Jean Ribault Senior High Schoolwhich led him to become one of the first black area superintendents in the history of Duval County where he served as Area Superintendent for 13 years before becoming Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and retired in 1999 as the Chief Operating Officer for Duval County Public Schools.
After retirement from DCPS, he served as an adjunct professor at FAMU and Nova Southeastern University. He also served as the Director of the School of Education at Jacksonville University. Other affiliations include St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Mission Board of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Phi Epsilon Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa and the Johnson Branch YMCA
Survivors include a devoted and loving wife of 39 years, Mrs. Brenda Lundy White; son, Marcel Kevin White; daughter, Ms. Altoria Elizabeth White; brothers, Dr. Julian E. White (Dennine) and Ernest E. White (Pearl); grandchild, Ms. Danielle White-Britt; great-grandchild, Isiah Britt and a host of friends, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relativesand co-workers .
A Resurrection Mass celebrating the life of Dr. Alvin G. White will be held 10:30AM, THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 at Saint John’s Cathedral. Dr. White will rest in Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2803 Edgewood Avenue, for visitation on Wednesday from 6PM until 8PM (where the family will receive friends). Fraternity Rites will begin at 5PM.
Interment will be in Jacksonville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Society, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 or St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church-Dr. Alvin G. White Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 12252, Jacksonville, FL 32209