John Krantz White, 72, insurance company officer

August 20, 2004

John Krantz White, who went from the mailroom to the boardroom during his 42-year career at the Baltimore Life Insurance Co., died of cancer Aug. 13 at the Perry Hall home of his son. The longtime Towson resident was 72.

Mr. White was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1949 from City College. He attended what was then Towson State College and the Johns Hopkins University. He served in the Army from 1951 to 1954, when he was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

He completed studies in the Mortgage Bankers Association's School of Mortgage Banking at Northwestern University and Michigan State University.

Mr. White went to work in the mailroom of Baltimore Life and rose through the company's ranks. He was named executive vice president and chief investment officer in 1984 and was later elected to the company's board of directors, a position he held until his retirement in 2001.

"John was an incredibly talented individual who kept Baltimore Life on solid financial ground through periods of national economic turbulence," said L. John Pearson, chairman, president and CEO of Baltimore Life.

Mr. White was active in community affairs, having served as director and chairman of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake and the YMCA of Greater Baltimore. He had also served on the boards of the Lyric Opera House, United Way, Wyman Park Federal Savings and Loan Association, and the Fire Museum of Maryland.

"John White not only put Baltimore Life on a sound financial footing, he did the same for our Goodwill. His vision for our future resulted in the establishment of our quasi-endowment fund, now worth over $6 million," said Marge Thomas, president of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake.

An avid hiker, he was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club's "Four Thousand Footer Club," an elite group of hikers who have climbed all 48 peaks in New Hampshire that are 4,000 feet or higher.

He was married for 40 years to the former Mary Comegys, who died in 2000.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Assembly of God, 2122 W. Joppa Road in Lutherville.

Mr. White is survived by a son, Alan J. White; a daughter, Janet A. White of Towson; a sister, Janet Connor of Towson; and two grandchildren.

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