Remarks by President John J. DeGioia
Reception in Honor of Rabbi White: Celebrating Forty-One Years of Service
April 14, 2010
Thank you for your introduction Father Boroughs. And thank you all for joining us today, in this celebration of the life and service of Rabbi Harold White.
For the past forty-one years, Harold has served in the buildings around us. He’s led discussions in our classrooms, he’s counseled students in his office, and he’s celebrated the High Holy Days in Gaston Hall. He has spent innumerable hours--teaching and praying, counseling and serving within these structures.
And in the course of his work, his accomplishments have been countless: The numerous courses he taught; the many interfaith efforts he initiated; and the Program for Jewish Civilization which he long championed and where he will be serving as a Senior Advisor.
But his commitment to this campus and community, his devotion to the Hilltop, cannot be fully assessed simply by his many accomplishments. The true testament to his service and ministry is the way he’s deeply touched all of us—his colleagues, his students, and his friends. He’s left a profound and lasting imprint on our hearts and minds. And his impact on all of us will continue far into the future, in all of our study, and our scholarship, and our service.
So it’s fitting, in terms of both symbolism and substance, that Harold is remaining nearby. His door will be as open as we’ve always known it . . . his counsel as wise as we’ve come to expect it . . . and his teaching as lasting as we who live it.
Harold, thank you for your forty-one years of service. Congratulations on your retirement from campus ministry, and we look forward to seeing you in your new position as Senior Advisor. Whatever the future holds, your imprint and heritage will always be here: On this Hilltop, in the hearts and memories of your students and friends.
Would you please come to the microphone and say a few words?
Thank you Rabbi White. Now, if you would stay with me at the podium, I would like to present a small token of our gratitude and our many mutual memories on the Hilltop. The outside of this bowl shows images of places where you have walked and worked, counseled and served, including this Quadrangle. The inside is inscribed with your name, as a tribute from us all.
Thank you again for coming to this celebration of the life and service of Harold. Your attendance has made this event truly memorable, and I hope to see many of you at tonight’s concert of Jewish Sacred Music in Gaston Hall. Good evening and good night.