John Kirkwood White L’63 Cambridge, Md., April 2006,
city planner and attorney for the poor. Mr. White began his career
as a lawyer for the Treasury Department in Washington, DC, but his
concern for the underprivileged led him to join Neighborhood Legal
Services in 1967 to defend those who couldn’t afford legal representation.
Among his clients were a group of juveniles accused of looting
in the city’s 1968 riots. In 1975 he became the city’s zoning and
planning coordinator. After a three year stint, Mr. White left government
practice, working for a series of law firms and finally returning to Neighborhood
Legal Services as the manager of its Northeast office before
retiring in 1994. Mr. White is survived by his wife Karen Belgin White;
two sons, the Rev. Mark David White and Benjamin John White; his
stepdaughter, Maria T. Sterrett; his stepson, Timothy O. Sterrett; his
sister, Anne White Cooper; and two grandchildren.