Gordon White, Deepwater Ports Pioneer, dies at 83

Gordon Squier White

Oakland, Jul 21, 2019 (Issuewire.com) – Gordon Squier White, 83, died June 29, 2019, at Piedmont Gardens in Oakland after a prolonged battle with dementia.  He leaves his son, Timothy White; his daughters Christy, Kerry, and Lockey White; five grandchildren; and many close friends.

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of George Robert and Grace Sigrid (Hoelseth) White, Mr White spent his formative years in San Diego, CA, graduating from La Jolla High School, and raised a family in Piedmont, CA.

Mr White spent his early years attending the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA and later as a naval officer stationed in Japan. He travelled the world as the second mate in the U.S. Merchant Marine for many years and was a very active member of his union, The International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots. He managed port projects around the world, including bringing containerization to the seaport in Kuwait while with Stanford Research Institute, helping to create the port in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia while with Parsons Inc., and modernizing ports in Mexico and Bangladesh in World Bank funded projects.

Mr White founded the California Maritime Academy Foundation and served as a project manager for Pacific Far East Lines and the Port of Oakland. As the founder of Port Technologies International (PTI), Mr White pioneered interactive training videos.

Mr White was a devoted husband and father who passed his love of travel, art and picnicking to his children. He is predeceased by his wife, Joan Woods White, former Society Editor for the San Francisco Examiner and Women’s Editor for the Oakland Tribune. He served as president of the Rotary Club in Oakland and was a proud member of Piedmont Community Church, Lakeshore Baptist, and the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on August 3at Lakeshore Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland.

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