Richard Alan White

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

HOOPERSVILLE — Richard Alan White, 72, renowned writer, au­thor and historian, passed away Satur­day, July 9, 2016, at his home on Hoopersville, MD.

Born Jan. 17, 1944, in Abing­ton, Mass., he was the son of the late Rose Dabraval­ski and John Witkowski. He was the brother of the late John White and beloved un­cle of many nieces and neph­ews.

A scholar, world ad­ven­turer and hu­man rights ad­vo­cate, Dr. White was the au­thor of sev­eral ground­break­ing books: The Morass: United States In­ter­ven­tion in Cen­tral Amer­ica, Paraguay’s Au­tonomous Rev­o­lu­tion (1810-1840), and Break­ing Si­lence: The Case That Changed the Face of Hu­man Rights.

Richard earned his M.A. and Ph.D. de­grees in Latin Amer­i­can His­tory from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los An­ge­les, where he held Woodrow Wilson and Ful­bright-Hays schol­ar­ships. While con­duct­ing his­tor­i­cal re­search in Paraguay on an Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can States post-doc­toral fel­low­ship, he worked as a field rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Amnesty In­ter­na­tional. He served as a Se­nior Fel­low at the Coun­cil on Hemi­spheric Af­fairs, Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Richard taught at UCLA and Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity, Los An­ge­les, as well as the Univer­si­dad Ca­tolica and the Univer­si­dad Na­cional in Asuncion, Paraguay. He was the only non-Paraguayan mem­ber of the In­sti­tudo de In­ves­ti­ga­ciones His­tor­i­cas Dr. Jose Gas­par Ro­drigues de Fran­cia, an honor awarded in recog­ni­tion of the Span­ish pub­li­ca­tion of his book Paraguay’s Au­tonomous Rev­o­lu­tion, 1810-1840. As an ex­pert on Paraguayan af­fairs, White took part dur­ing the 1980’s in op­er­a­tions to lo­cate for­mer Nazi war crim­i­nals, in­clud­ing Dr. Joseph Men­gele.

As a Project Di­rec­tor in the In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Di­vi­sion of the Mex­ico City based Cen­tro de Es­tu­dios Eco­nomi­cos y So­ciales del Tercer Mundo (CEESTEM) dur­ing the 1980’s, Whites’ re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clud­ing pro­duc­ing a semi-an­nual re­port an­a­lyz­ing the diplo­matic, po­lit­i­cal, and mil­i­tar y de­vel­op­ments in Cen­tral Amer­ica, con­duct­ing on site in­ves­ti­ga­tions of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, and brief­ing U.S. Con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tions on fact-find­ing mis­sions to the re­gion. His work, The Morass: United States In­ter­ven­tion in Cen­tral Amer­ica -a 1984 cri­tique of the Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion’s coun­terin­sur­gency poli­cies in the re­gion. It re­ceived the Gus­tavus my­ers Cen­ter for the Study of Hu­man Rights in the United States award.

He worked as a con­sul­tant on Latin Amer­i­can af­fairs for the Carnegie En­dow­ment for In­ter­na­tional Peace, the Woodrow Wilson Cen­ter of the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion, and the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Hu­man­i­ties, as well as the CBS Evening News and ABC World News.

Dr. White moved to Hoopersville in 1986. He es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ated cor­re­spond­ing with friends and liv­ing on the East­ern Shore of Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, where he con­tin­ued his writ­ings and en­joyed the beau­ti­ful sun­sets and re­mote land­scapes. He loved spend­ing time with his cat Trini.

He leaves behind friends from the is­land and around the world as well as his niece Natalie A. White and her hus­band Jeremy Crock­ford of Mid­dle­boro, Mas­sachusetts; his nephew John J. White and his wife Carla White of Huntsville, Alabama; his niece Su­san Chacey and her hus­band Al­lan Chacey of Markham, Vir­ginia; his nephew Mitchell White of Mid­dle­boro, Mas­sachusetts; and his niece Marlo White and her hus­band Kevin Rich­man of Lakeville, Mas­sachusetts. Sur­vivors also in­clude many grand­nieces and grand­nephews.

An in­for­mal me­mo­rial service was held at his home. Burial ser­vices will take place in the fam­ily plots in Mas­sachusetts. To con­tact fam­ily, email na­tal­ie_white@com­ or mitch­white123@icloud. com.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made to Amnesty In­ter­na­tional at www.

Ar­range­ments en­trusted to New­comb and Collins Fu­neral Home, P.A., Cam­bridge.

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