Former Teacher Honored Walter White Gets FAMU Special Award

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As a boy, Walter White thought he would go off to college to

become a dentist.

And he did. The Northside resident attended Florida A&M

University in Tallahassee.

But White's career interest changed. He followed the advice of

his late mother, who persuaded him that education was his

calling.

"`I want you to become a teacher because you know how to talk

to people,' " White said his mother told him. " `. . . You help

these kids out and teach them some manners.' I was coached into

education. I don't regret it one bit."

White retired nearly eight years ago as a principal in the

Duval County school system after 37 years of service.

He recently received the highest achievement award in education

given to a FAMU alumni.

White, a 1946 graduate of FAMU, received the Distinguished

Alumni Award in Education because of his commitment to education

even after he retired.

He consistently gives financial contributions to the

university, actively recruits Jacksonville students to FAMU and

continues to counsel students about their academic achievement,

said Keith Miles, director of alumni affairs. …