George White, a computer entrepreneur whose companies helped first The Boston Globe, and then newspapers across the U.S. and internationally, move from hot-metal to electronic pre-press production, died September 10, 2015. He was 83.
Mr. White, who was a Boston native and a lifelong die-hard Red Sox fan, was a member of the Harvard Class of 1953, earning his BA in Mathematics and later a Master’s degree, also at Harvard, in 1955. He was an early computer advocate. Following two years of Army service, where he worked with Werner Von Braun on satellite development, he joined IBM as a Sales Representative where he sold IBM’s first transistor-based computers for use in the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System. He served as a long-time director of Cullinet Corporation, the first computer software company to go public on the New York Stock exchange. He then worked for a number of smaller computer companies before co-founding Camex, Inc. in 1974. Camex was sold to DuPont in 1989.
Mr. White then founded ACI, Inc., which allowed advertisers who made up their own ads to transmit them electronically via the Internet to the newspapers where they were to run.
Mr. White retired in 1998, and he and his wife, Gail, continued living in their homes in Waban and West Chatham, Massachusetts until moving to Santa Barbara in 2014 to be closer to their sons Stephen, of Goleta, and Michael, of San Francisco. A daughter, Linda, died in 1979.
Mr. White died from prostate cancer. He leaves his beloved wife, sons, and his dear granddaughter Lydia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in George’s memory to Serenity House, 930 Miramonte Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.