IFAS | Freedom Writer | January/February 1998 | hugh.html

In memory of Hugh White

On January 14, 1998, Hubert S. White, Jr., 81, a founding member of the Institute for First Amendment Studies, died of natural causes. Hugh is survived by his beloved wife Jean.

Born in Coffeyville, Kansas on February 10, 1916, Hugh was educated at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California. He served in World War II and rose to the rank of major in the United States Marines. He received a Purple Heart for wounds he received at Iwo Jima.

After the war, Hugh worked for several years as a scriptwriter for MGM studios. He then spent seven years teaching playwriting at the University of California at Berkeley. Then Hugh went to New York, where several of his plays were produced on Broadway. B efore retiring, Hugh taught high school English.

Hugh possessed a broad sense of humor and was an avid defender of the First Amendment. Recently, he began to write limericks. The following limerick, written six days before his death, was his last.

A hot blooded youth was named Spencer
He wielded his tool like a fencer
Girls went amuck
when he started to...cry
Rhymes not because of a censor

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