William Robert White, who worked for 34 years as an electrician-technician at the Naval Ship Research and Development Center in Annapolis, died of pneumonia Aug. 6 at North Arundel Hospital. He was 87.
Mr. White was born and raised in Annapolis, and graduated in 1934 from Annapolis High School. He attended St. John's College, and during World War II served in the Navy as an electrician.
After the war, he worked briefly for Bendix Radio in Baltimore before joining the research center staff in 1946. He retired in 1980.
A former Boy Scout, Mr., White became a troop leader and held state Camporees on his property in Arnold.
In the 1960s, he accompanied a group of area scouts to the Philmont Boy Scout Camp in New Mexico. During the railroad journey home, he wrote a poem, "Philmont," that was published in Boys' Life magazine.
"Writing poetry for family and friends was a lifelong avocation," said his daughter, Linda C. Kurpjuweit of Arnold.
Services were Saturday.
Mr. White also is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Genevieve C. Ostrowski; a son, Robert S. White of Arnold; three brothers, John White of Duxbury, Mass., Alfred White of Fredonia, Kan., and George White of Ocean City; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.