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Jan. 9, 1940 – Dec. 12, 2012

Anita White, of Williamsville, a science teacher in the Buffalo schools for 20 years, died Wednesday in ElderWood Health Care at Wedgewood, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. She was 72.

Born Anita Ann Burrell in Birmingham, Ala., she was valedictorian of the Class of 1957 at DuSable High School in Chicago. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1961 and earned a master’s degree in organic chemistry from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1964. She later did post-graduate work in education at Buffalo State College.

After working as a research assistant at Northrop Space Laboratory in Huntsville, Ala., she was a part-time instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She came to Buffalo in 1968 to work as a chemist for Starks Associates, working with compounds for cancer research.

After an allergy to acids forced her to retire from research, Mrs. White became a teacher. She joined the Buffalo schools in 1976, teaching middle school and high school life sciences and math. She retired in 1996.

She was listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and received the Apple for the Teacher Award from Beta Phi Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda, a sorority of business and professional women.

She was a member of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, the National Education Association, the American Chemical Society, the American Association of University Women and Alpha Phi Alpha sorority.

She served on the advisory committee for the state teacher certification examination and was a peer coach for the Essential Elements of Education. She was a member of the Earth Science Curriculum Committee and the Physical Science Examination Committee for the Buffalo Board of Education.

She also was a Sunday school teacher at Bethel AME Church.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Donald Everette White; two sons, Mark E. and Todd E.; two sisters, Gaynell Burrell and Marion Joplin; and a brother, Ronald Arnell Burrell.

A service will be at noon Saturday in John E. Roberts Funeral Home, 280 Grover Cleveland Highway, Amherst, after viewing at 11 a.m.