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In Memoriam: Gene White 

Gene White (Purdue Entomology M.S., 1996) died unexpectedly while attending an industry conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 20, 2022.

For all of those who knew Gene and had the opportunity to work with him over the years, this is a devastating loss. Not just for the pest management industry but on a personal level. Gene was a vibrant and gregarious person who was kind, innovative and enthusiastic about everything he did. He touched the lives of many of us over the years. We wish to extend our deepest regrets to his family.

Gene's Obituary

Eugene (Gene) D. White II, age 64, of White Lake, MI passed away unexpectedly while attending a conference in Honolulu, Hawaii September 20, 2022.  Gene was a husband, father and grandfather as well as an internationally known entomologist working in the field of pest management  He was born October 24, 1957 in Columbus, Ohio to Eugene White and Marjorie (Essex) White. Gene earned a degree in biology from Glenville State College and a Masters of Science in entomology from Purdue University.  Gene spent almost 30 years at Rose Pest Solutions in Troy, MI where he served as Director of Education & Training before moving onto Rentokil-Initial where he became the Director of Global Vector Management and coordinated their pest management efforts in the area of public health around the world. Gene was known as someone people naturally gravitated to.  He was always smiling, universally friendly and larger than life. Gene found great pleasure in bringing joy to other people’s days by making them smile and getting them to laugh. He was admired by his colleagues for his infectious enthusiasm for entomology and for his fun, interactive training sessions which extended into the community.  Gene was a skilled outdoorsman and found great joy in hunting and fishing.  He loved football, cooking, photography, being outdoors, and most importantly, his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Janet; his daughters: Kyle White and Karey White; his step-children: Chris (Kerri Johnson) Raymond, Ryan (Taylor) Muglia, Kelly (Shane) Anderson, his grandchildren: Kensley, Kerristen, Kaliana; his step-grandchildren: Samantha,  Haley, Carley, Gavin, Omni, Ocean, and Satori; his siblings, Mary Beth Robertson, Dean White, and April White-Perkins. Gene was preceded in death by his daughter, Kelsey White in 2020, his parents, and his brother, David White. 

Memorial donations may be given to Purdue University Entomology Department.

View this obituary online.

2016 Purdue Pest Management Conference. L-R: Tim Gibb, Tom Turpin, Gene White.

Read PCT's Tribute to Gene here.

Read PMP's Tribute to Gene here.

Watch a video of Gene at the 2022 PMP Growth Summit

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Holly Fletcher-Timmons
Newsletter Editor

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