Paul D. White, 76, editor at Evening Sun for 33 years


Paul D. White, a retired Evening Sun editor, died of apparent heart failure Monday at his Kingsville farm. He was 76.

He joined the Evening Sun as a copy editor in 1953 and held various editing positions, including telegraph editor, until he retired in 1986.

"Paul was a gentle, patient, uncomplaining man, even amid the storm of breaking news that occasionally threatened to overwhelm the copy desk," said Dave Cohn, former Evening Sun copy desk chief and now a Sun features copy editor. "He enjoyed young people, and teaching them the ropes seemed to energize him."

Mr. White was known for his starched white shirts, bow ties and eyeshade.

"Every day, he wore a bow tie, and he tied his own," Mr. Cohn said. "One time, I asked him if he ever wore a straight tie, and he said that he learned early on in the business that the long tie would get dirty from the ink or snagged in some equipment. So he decided that if he were going to work for a newspaper and still be properly attired, he would have to wear bow ties. For the same reasons, he'd always roll up the sleeves of his white shirts."

Said Grace Darin of Baltimore, a former Evening Sun copy editor: "He was a very quiet and competent man who took his job very seriously."

Born in Sharpsville, Pa., Mr. White worked as a commercial printer before enlisting in the Navy during World War II.

After completing flight training, he flew an Avenger Torpedo Bomber in the Pacific.

His decorations included the Navy Cross for heroism during combat and the Air Medal with Gold Star.

When Japan signed the surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, he was part of the contingent of 1,000 airplanes that flew overhead to mark the event.

Mr. White earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1948 and began his newspaper career as a reporter at the Louisville Courier Journal.

He and his wife, the former Betty Jane Nagel, whom he married in 1949, called their farm Cedardane on Cedarlane. There, they bred, showed and sold Great Danes.

Mrs. White died in 1991.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. John Episcopal Church, 11901 Belair Road, Kingsville.

He is survived by a sister, Ruth W. White of Hermitage, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

Pub Date: 5/28/98

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