Mount Mercy University mourns the loss of Board of Trustee member Tim White, who passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
Friends may call during a visitation at Cedar Memorial in Cedar Rapids on Monday, April 25 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 26 at Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids. Lunch will follow at Cedar Rapids Country Club.
White, who served on the Mount Mercy Board of Trustees for more than 15 years, was a prominent Cedar Rapids attorney who ran White Law Firm, P.L.C. Elected to the Board of Trustees in the spring of 1996, White was a dedicated and tireless champion for Mount Mercy University. As a trustee, he served as an Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities networker to advocate for private higher education policy goals that directly impacted the campus.
While at Mount Mercy, he was a passionate supporter of the arts and contributed to the installation of many inspiring works of art and cultural installations that have enriched the campus, among them the Japanese Triangle Dango art sculpture by artist Jun Kaneko in front of the Busse Library, installed in 1997, and the sculpture "Striving" by David Patton, dedicated in 2007 behind Hennessey Recreation Center. In addition, Mount Mercy's art gallery was renamed the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery in recognition of the Whites' contributions to Mount Mercy and in honor of White's wife, Jan.
In addition, White's gift made to establish the 75th Anniversary Lecture and Performance Series in 2002 brought priest and best-selling author Father Andrew Greeley and NAACP past-president and leading civil rights activist Julian Bond to campus.
White was currently serving on the Executive Committee and the Finance and Investment Committee, stewarding Mount Mercy through a momentous period of change and renewal.
"The Mount Mercy community is deeply saddened to have lost a man of such vision and dedication – and who was utterly devoted to furthering the Mount Mercy mission within the community," says Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake. "We offer our deepest condolences to his wife Jan during this difficult time, and the campus will continue to keep the family in our prayers."