John Charles White

Title: Historian, Educator
Location:  Huntsville, Alabama, United States

John Charles White, historian and educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in French history.

An award-winning educator with a love of academia that goes beyond the classroom, Dr. White celebrates a career that lasted more than 30 years before his retirement in 1991. His area of expertise is in French history. During his military service, he achieved the rank of first lieutenant and later captain for the U.S. Army Reserve. In France, he served in the Adjutant General Corps. Prior to the military service, he earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude with honors of with exceptional distinction in history as a Robert E. Lee Scholar from Washington and Lee University in 1960, a Master of Arts from Duke University in 1962, and a PhD in French history in 1964 from Duke University. For many years, Dr. White found success with the University of Alabama, Huntsville. He taught as a professor from 1976 to 1991, during which time he took additional roles for the university as chairman of the department of history and director and acting chairman of the department of languages and literature. His roles in education and allied fields included director and secretary-treasurer for the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, European travel consultant, and teacher for the University of Maryland European Division.

Dr. White has been incredibly involved in his professional community throughout his career. He was a board of directors member for the Alabama Preservation Alliance, a member of the Alabama committee on humanities for the National Endowment of the Humanities, a member of the executive committee and vice chairman of the board for the Alabama Constitution Hall, a member and chairman of the board of directors for the Alabama Humanities Foundation and president of the Alliance Française. He was also a member of the Huntsville Literature Association and the Huntsville Museum Association Coordinating Committee. To contribute to his profession further, Dr. White was an editor for the “Proceedings Consortium on Revolutionary Europe” and contributed articles on French administrative history to professional journals. In recognition of his professional excellence, Dr. White was the recipient of the Chalon’s City Medal and the Dunkirk City medal, a Multi-Cultural Services Recognition award from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, an appreciation award from the University of Alabama, Huntsville Alumni Association, a certificate of appreciation from the Governor of Alabama and the Alabama Senate, and an award of merit from the Alabama Preservation Alliance. As he looks to the future, Dr. White intends to enjoy his retirement while taking on foreign travel projects as well as pursuing his hobbies.

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