UW-Green Bay mourns passing of Rolfe White

UW-Green Bay mourns the passing of Rolfe White, a former Associate Professor of Social Work who retired from UW-Green Bay in 1999. He passed away on June 9, 2021. A peer and long-time friend called him a “gentle soul… Kind, thoughtful and beloved by students and colleagues alike. He always went the extra mile.”

According to his obituary, “One of his greatest accomplishments was completing his Doctorate in Philosophy from Laurance University in 1982. His passion was to give back to the community and serve for the common good. With his Social Work platform, it led to the founding of the NEW Community Clinic in 1971 serving low-income and uninsured individuals in the community. He continued to serve on the board as President until January 2021. He was passionate about the community’s homeless population and served as the chair of the Task Force to the area’s homeless coalition. Upon retirement from UW-Green Bay in 1998, he amplified his love for Social Work and the University by initiating the Rolfe E. White Scholarship for future Social Work students. He continued to be a large part of the adjunct staff and instruct master level classes years after his retirement.”

Close family will gather for a small private graveside ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery where Rolfe will have his final resting place. A celebration of life will be held later this summer and all who knew Rolfe are welcome to attend. Date, time, and location will be available soon.

In lieu of flowers, a donation will be given to the Homeless Coalition of Brown County and the NEW Community Clinic in Rolfe’s name.

Please see the full obituary.

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