Elisabeth B. White, 85, author, social worker

February 19, 1994|By DeWitt Bliss | DeWitt Bliss,Sun Staff Writer

Elisabeth Barton White, who as a social worker in Europe after World War II wrote a book about the plight of refugees, died Feb. 1 after a heart attack at Broadmead in Cockeysville.

She was 85 and had lived there since 1986.

Formerly a resident of Bethesda, where she was clerk of the Bethesda Friends Meeting, she retired in 1972 as an organizer of interdisciplinary conferences for the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.

The next year, she married Ralph White, who survives her.

From 1953 to 1969 she was assistant to the chief of the Children's Bureau of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

She was with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency in Germany after World War II and her book, "Twelve Million Refugees," was based on her work with the British Army at a displaced persons camp. She later worked for the American Friends Service Committee in Germany and for the State Department in Germany and in Washington.

Growing up on her family's farm near Marlton, N.J., the former Elisabeth Barton had an early fondness for horses. She graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., where she started the riding program in her freshman year. She earned a master's degree at Columbia University.

Her employment before and during World War II included assignments with the Works Progress Administration, the United Service Organization and a program to reunite the families of war workers in defense plants.

Mrs. White's other interests included the Audubon Naturalist Society.

A memorial service was planned for 11 a.m. today in the auditorium at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother, Lewis Barton of Medford, N.J.; and a sister, Dr. Amy Barton of San Diego, Calif.

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