Memorial Tribute to Lore & Van White

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:30am
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
New Mexico
Jo Chase


The New Mexico Section has lost two its most dedicated and long-tenured members with the recent passing on Van on May 29, 2016.  Van was recognized as recruiter extraordinaire. He had been known to stop in an intersection to hand off a membership applcation to a Mercedes Benz driver.  His recruiting efforts were recognized many times over the years. Van's motto was, "Everyone's a prospect until they buy or die!"  That motto served him well, both in business and with his involvement in the New Mexico Section.


Van was very involved in his community and was a member of several organizations.  He helped found the Executive Association of Greater Albuquerque (EAGA), and was an active, involved member of the New Mexico Section of the MBCA.  He was one of the founding sponsors of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and was a member of the Albuqureque Country Club, the 100 Club and the Elks.


Lore passed away on February 27, 2015.  She had served as NM Section president for many years.  Lore possessed a special talent for organizing events and was relentless in encouraging members to participate.  Lore was proud to serve as a board member of many local organizations in Albuquerque.  She served on the oversight building committee for the Albuquerque Convention Center, and was president of the local Goodwill Industries for three of the twenty-three years she spent with them.  She served on many boards such as The Santa Fe Opera, The Pilot Club, The Navy League, Better Business Bureau, and the Albuquerque Little Theatre.


Lore & Van were longtime members of the Albuquerque Country Club where Lore, being an avid golfer, was a member of the Women's Golf Association, serving both as a board member, and president in 1984.


Van joined the Army Air Corps in 1941 and was part of the 8th Air Force, 303rd Bomb Group, stationed in Molesworth, England from 1942 to 1945.  His time in the service was a very significant part of his life, remaining life-long friends with his comrades in arms.  He was so devoted to the 8th Air Force, he helped form the New Mexico Chapter of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, and was instrumental in the establishment of the National Museum of the Mighty 8th in Savannah, Georgia.  A true patriot, he never missed a reunion.


In a private ceremony, Lore & Van will be interred at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

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