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Mr. Dan White
August 29, 1935 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Dan White entered the world on August 29, 1935, in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents, Sandy White Sr. and Katie White, owned a home at 24th and Flora, where Dan grew up as the fifth of seven children. His family faithfully attended Bethel A.M.E. Church. Dan showed an early thirst for academics at Wendell Phillips Elementary School and later excelled as a proud graduate of Lincoln High School, Class of 1954.
In pursuit of a medical career, Dan chose to attend Lane College, a historically Black college in Jackson, Tennessee. He pledged the Beta Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in 1956, beginning his lifelong membership with the first Divine Nine organization. Well-known as a charismatic campus leader, Dan was elected President of the student body and earned the nickname of “Gov.” He majored in biology, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958. Two years later, he obtained a Master's Degree in Medical Technology at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.
While at Lane College, Dan met the love of his life: Gustava Whitmore. They married in 1958 and moved to Kansas City in 1960, where they raised two daughters, Lisa and Melanie. Dan was a doting Dad who cooked breakfast each morning, drove his daughters to school, and spent weekends grilling gourmet meals for family and friends. He loved to travel and plan adventurous family vacations every summer, usually attending Alpha national conventions and Whitmore family reunions with detours to historic sites along the way.
Dan spent his career as a medical technologist with a passion for entrepreneurship and community service. He owned White’s Medical Laboratory for more than 25 years, providing high-quality clinical testing for nursing homes and healthcare facilities in the underserved urban core. He was an avid investor in rental properties and a restaurant franchisee who brought Bojangles’ famous chicken and biscuits to Kansas City in the 1980’s.
Dan took pride in mentoring young African-American men through his businesses. He went a step further to establish a Cub Scout Troop for boys 6-11 years old. With financial support from his fraternity, Dan went door-to-door in the neighborhood surrounding the Alpha House to recruit new Cub Scouts with promises to cover their fees and uniform expenses. As a devoted grandfather, he encouraged his four grandsons to join Troop 78 and defend the family honor by winning the Pinewood Derby races.
After retiring in 2000, Dan provided free income tax advice and preparation services as an AARP volunteer for 20 years. He remained active with Alpha Phi Alpha for 68 years, serving as President and Treasurer of the Beta Lambda Chapter and was instrumental in purchasing and managing the original Alpha House on Swope Parkway. Dan received numerous awards for his community work as a member and Treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Mid-Town Kansas City. In his later years, he enjoyed attending Sunday School and socializing over coffee with the men of Bethel A.M.E. Church.
Dan passed into eternity on February 3, 2024, after a valiant struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. His wife of 65 years, Gustava, preceded him in death on July 19, 2023. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Robert Raybon Sr., Verlon Parker, Christine Sydnor, Sandy White Jr., Joann White, and Billy White.
Memories of Dan will be cherished by his daughters Lisa White Hardwick (Herb) and Melanie Miller (William “Skip”); grandsons Spencer Hardwick (Phyllis), William “Chip” Miller (Charles Grant), Jordan Miller, and Zachary Hardwick; great-grandson Lennox Hardwick; godson Alan Vincent May Sr. and grand-godson Michael McDaniel; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and family friends, including devoted niece-caregiver Margaret White. The family appreciates Donald Lee for his tremendous acts of brotherhood and the compassionate care Dan received as a resident of Anthology of the Plaza for the past three years.
An educational endowment fund has been established in memory of Dan and Gustava White at Lane College. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made payable to Lane College for the “Dan and Gustava (Whitmore) White Scholarship Fund” at the Office of Institutional Advancement, 545 Lane Avenue, Jackson, TN 38301, or to Bethel A.M.E. Church, 2329 Flora Avenue, Kansas City, 64108.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024, 11 am at Bethel AME Church, visitation 9:30 am. Alpha Phi Alpha service 10:40am Interment in Forest Hill Cemetery. Live Stream direct link for streaming https://www.youtube.com/live/AS2AwOTuKwg?si=CUAsJvHJej-qcIhX . Also mstcsunset.com– Creating Memories, When Memories Are All That Remain