Former Teacher Honored Walter White Gets FAMU Special Award
Bruce, Orlando De, The Florida Times Union
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
"`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. …