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Lynn Westerman White '53

Lynn Westerman would have been in the Antioch College graduating class of 1953, but she quit school in 1950 to marry William “Will” White ‘52.  She didn’t return to college until her children had grown, when she matriculated at Drew University, Madison, NJ.

As an Antioch student, she intended to major in psychology with the ultimate aim of going into journalism. Her co-op jobs were with the Chicago Sun-Times as a copy “boy.” From 1950 to 1952, she was an assistant librarian at Antioch, and when Will graduated, the couple moved to Cincinnati. From there, they migrated first to New Hampshire, then Philadelphia and finally to Chatham, NJ, a New York City commuter suburb.

When her youngest child went off to college, Lynn joined Foster Wheeler, Inc. a company specializing in the building of power plants, where she became a cost analyst.

On retirement, she and her husband bought a motor home and traveled summers throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

An active member of her Quaker meeting, she also volunteered at the psychiatric ward of the Veterans Administration hospital in Lyons, NJ, and earlier at the Royer-Greaves School for Blind. 

She had a passionate interest in fiber arts, bought herself a floor loom and learned to weave, a hobby that produced a large variety of beautiful work. She was an excellent seamstress and made wonderful costumes for her grandchildren as well as tailored clothes for herself. She was a prize-winning photographer and enjoyed birdwatching, stone collecting and making her own jewelry.

Our lives were greatly enhanced by this incredible human being and are now sadly reduced by her passing. She died July 22, 2017 at Masonic Village retirement community at Sewickley, PA where she and her husband had moved in 2003. She was 87.