Victor M. White, a 42 year resident of Palos Verdes passed away peacefully on Saturday January 8, 2011 at the age of 89. He served in Europe WWII, as a communications engineer at the Battle of the Bulge and remained stationed in Germany after the war. Following his return to the states, he was the base communications officer at Randolph AFB near San Antonio, Texas, where he met and married Marian Giano in 1947. Vic had a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force, earning a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale, and achieving the rank of Colonel before retiring in 1969. He participated in systems engineering on early missile defense and space programs, and notably was the first Program Manager of the Defense Support Program (DSP), the mainstay of the United States ballistic missile early warning system for the last forty years. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work in this program and development of the 949 satellite system program. After leaving the Air Force, Vic worked for Hughes Aircraft, Space and Communications, where he served as a manager for advanced systems development, and worked on many nationally important programs. Vic was an active volunteer at St. John Fisher Church, The South Coast Botanic Gardens and Recording for the Blind. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marian White of Palos Verdes, CA; son, Douglas White of Mammoth, CA; son, Victor (Jill) White of Long Beach, CA; daughter, Judy (Larry) Caudillo of San Diego, CA; son, Paul White of Cloverdale, CA; daughter, Susan (Bill) Klahr of Redondo Beach CA; 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He was preceded by his parents, Bernard and Pauline White; and daughter, Kathleen. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 from 5pm - 8pm. The Service will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Thursday, January 13 at 10am. Private burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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  1. Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. He was always so kind to me. I remember having so much fun staying overnight at the house in P.V.I have thought often of him over the years and will miss (as we all will) my godfathers warm smile and quick wit.

  2. Vic was very well liked at Hughes Aircraft, where I worked with him from 1986 to 1990. When not talking about work, he liked to talk about cultivating orchids. It was both a pleasure and a privilege to work with him. My sincere condolences to his family, to whom he was devoted.

  3. End-of-life is so sad. Uncle Vic was such a kind and gentle man.We will miss him so, but we have our memories. Bucky

  4. The video memorial is beautiful. I re-met Aunt Marion and Uncle Vic a few years ago when Aunt Elena took me to visit them. I didn’t keep my promise to keep visiting and that is definitely my loss. They were wonderful to me. My favorite part of the visit was Uncle Vic taking me into the back yard to show me his roses and tell me about volunteering at the Rose Gardens. He told me how to grow a bush from a cutting. Then he took me back inside the house and to show me the glass case with his momentos of his work in the Space Program. I enjoyed his stories and felt his pride of accomplishment. Not many get to do the things he did. To his family, I hope for God’s comfort in your loss. I know you will miss him.

  5. We remember Uncle Vic at the ranch in Pipe Creek. We walked the pasture, and Uncle Vic explained all the flowers, rocks, birds, and trees. He was such an intelligent and gentle man.

  6. I was saddened upon hearing that your Dad had passed away. Both he and your Mom are a part of many happy memories from all the time I spent growing up at the White house. I am truly sorry for your loss. Bob

  7. My dear Uncle Vic, too many great memories to write them all. Such a dear man, always happy and full of good humor. He cherished his wife, my Aunt Marian, and made her the happiest woman in the world. I am forever greatful for that.

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