The founding president of the Carolina Forest Rotary Club has died, according to a news release from the organization.
Robert “Bob” White passed away on Nov. 30 while he was with family in New Jersey. He was 92.
A longtime school superintendent and educator in New Jersey, White and his wife retired to Conway more than two decades ago. He spent more than 50 years serving Rotary International. After several years as a leader with the Conway Rotary Club, White helped launch the Carolina Forest Rotary Club. He also established the Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University and the Carolina Forest Interact Club, a high school program located at the Scholars Academy on Coastal’s campus.
"Bob was deeply engaged in his community from every aspect,” the release said. "Bob’s generosity earned him the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award and his dedication to the Rotary Motto of 'Service Above Self' earned him the Paul Allen Ten Star Rotarian Award.”
White helped grow Rotary programs in Horry County.
“Bob’s dedication to Rotary, education and instilling the concept of service before self into the youth of our community is his true legacy,” Carolina Forest Rotary President Kimberley Causey-Gomez said in the release.
White’s son, Robert S. White, also praised his father.
“He dedicated his life to helping others through his career in education,” he said in the release.
The family plans to hold a memorial service in January.