David White’s Bequest Supports STEM and “World-Class” Institute

Photo of David and Evelyn White.

David White, who has a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering and served for years as an executive of The Campbell Soup Company and Procter & Gamble, is making a bequest in his will to The Franklin Institute in support of all of its programs—but particularly the efforts to help students with STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math).

“The Institute does great work increasing STEM interest,” says White, who has served on the Institute’s Board of Trustees and Corporate Committee and chaired the Audit Committee.

Adds his wife Evelyn, “The Institute provides opportunities to learn about science no matter your socioeconomic level.”

The Whites have lived in nearby Haverford, Pennsylvania, for the past 15 years. David earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He worked for Procter & Gamble for 25 years and then moved to The Campbell Soup Company, where he retired in 2014 as the Senior Vice President for Global Supply Chain. He currently serves on several corporate boards.

Evelyn works as a psychotherapist, having earned a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from Bryn Mawr College. They have been married for 38 years and have one child and two grandchildren.

Their connection to the Institute began after they moved to the Philadelphia area in 2004.

“Evelyn and I participated in a program by Leadership Philadelphia to introduce us to nonprofits in the community,” David explains. “I clicked with The Franklin Institute and the STEM connections.”

He said that his volunteer work for the Institute has been educational as well as gratifying.

“The Franklin Institute Board of Trustees experience helped me prepare for corporate board work, and chairing the Audit Committee helped me grow and develop in a new area,” White says. “This is truly a world-class science museum with an amazing history of almost 200 years. Go spend a few hours at the Franklin, tour one of the visiting exhibits, and see for yourself.”

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