October 25, 2003
Richard M. Peery
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Shaker Heights-June Ardis White, who died last Saturday, traveled the world but always found time to volunteer at home in Cleveland and Shaker Heights.
She died of complications of multiple sclerosis at Broadview Multicare Center in Parma. She was 64.
She was a founding member of the Shaker Concerned Parents, a book club specializing in the works of black authors, and the Adrienne Kennedy Society, which became the Creative Writing Workshop and supports arts education in Cleveland schools.
She was born June Ardis in Washington, D.C., and attended the Windsor Mountain School in Lennox, Mass. She received a degree in sociology and anthropology at Oberlin College in 1960.
After working for the Red Cross for three years, including a year in Korea, she enrolled in Western Reserve University's School of Applied Social Science. In 1965 she received a master's degree and married Eugene A. White, a physician.
Her international experience included a summer as a social worker in Berlin and a year in Stockholm, Sweden, while her husband pursued advanced studies there. In addition to Europe, she visited the Canary Islands, China and Japan. She was a social worker for Cuyahoga County and a psychiatric social worker in Cleveland public schools.
As a participant in the Cleveland International Program, White hosted foreign exchange professionals from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and Australia.
She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. , Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal, Cleveland Skating Club, Hermit Club, NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union.
Surviving with her husband are sons, Theodore O. of Atlanta, Ga., and Forrest E. of Leesburg, Va.; a daughter, Darlene E. of Cleveland; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home, 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Eugene and June White Philanthropic Fund at United Black Fund of Cleveland, 1621 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44115.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1422 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44115.
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