Bruce Hugh Miller White, Jr., ’50

Bruce Hugh Miller White, Jr., ’50 died in at his home in Boise, Idaho, on June 13, 2007.

Born in Bath on March 15, 1925, he prepared for college at Brunswick High School, Fryeburg Academy, and the Wassookeag School in Dexter. He became a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. During World War II, he served as a bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946. He returned to Bowdoin and graduated in 1950. He then returned to active service in the U.S.Air Force during the Korean conflict, during which he flew 22 combat missions. He was a ballistic missile commander in Roswell, N.M., from 1962-67 and a squadron commander during the Vietnam conflict, in which he flew 35 combat missions. He retired from the Air Force in 1969 at the rank of major, and moved to Boise, Idaho, where he taught at Garfield Elementary School for 17 years. He opened White’s Trophy Salmon Fishing Lodge on Malcolm Island, in Sointula, British Columbia, Canada. A lifelong skier, he placed 4th on the Federation of International Skiing competition in Kitzbühel, Austria, in 1946 and won the Falstaff Cup as a member of the Walker Air Force Ski Team in 1965. He won the Southern Idaho Sailing Association San Juan 21 Championship three years in a row and placed 4th in the San Juan Nationals in 1976. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Dennis White, whom he married in 1952; two sons, Bruce H.M.White III of Ketchan, Alaska, and Dennis E.White of Atlanta, Ga., a daughter, Caroline White McQuade of Titusville, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rupert B. White ’58 and Houghton M. White ’58, both of Brunswick; three sisters, Lucy W. Crouch of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Mary Elise Richardson of Cave Creek, Ariz., and Suzanne W. Hayden of South Portland.