White, 69, is remembered for making a difference
Renowned Va. Extension forage specialist known as ‘type of person who comes along every 100 years’
By Jane W. Graham
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Dr. Harlan Edward White, 69, who died on June 5 after an extended illness, is being remembered as a good man who made a difference in the lives of many and as a research scientist whose work made an impact on the world.
“Dr. Harlan White understood grasslands and the people who manage them like very few others,” said Dr. Steven C. Hodges, head of the Virginia Tech Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences in an e-mail, of the retired Virginia Tech Extension forage specialist.
White, who retired about 10 years ago after 28 years at Virginia Tech, was a leading forage scientist and was recognized by his fellow scientists and agriculturalists with numerous statewide, regional and national awards, Hodges said.
“Harlan was the type of person who comes along every 100 years,” said Jerry Swisher, a retired Extension dairy scientist, farmer and close friend. “He had the ability to lead people and make a truly significant contribution to society and agriculture that will have a tremendous impact.”
The Seaford, Del., native was educated at the University of Maryland and Rutgers University. He served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, being discharged with the rank of captain, before joining Virginia Tech’s Cooperative Extension Service in 1966.