Purdue University Libraries
Dale started working with Purdue Libraries Auxiliary Services on July 16, 2001. At that time we were moving all the fully loaded book ranges, many up to seven sections long, in HSSE Library. We had to move these three times to remove the old floor and install the new one while the Library remained open. During his time here he has been involved with many projects. The list includes the renovations of HSSE, Archives and Special Collections, Parrish, Hicks and its IMPACT classrooms, Vet Med and STEW 279. He was also instrumental in the installation of the HSSE, Rawls and Lynn repositories. Some less noticeable projects included the installation of fire alarms and sprinkler systems. Other Libraries also received improvements such as Engineering and Math. He was involved with closing libraries such as Psychology, Biochemistry and CFS.
Dale was very proficient at acquiring used furniture, equipment and space from other departments around campus. He did all this while dealing with the everyday squeaky hinges and a multitude of “oh by the way’s.” You may remember a particular project you worked with him on that I have not mentioned and I’m sure that I have missed some.
“Dale was the glue that held this place together. He did a lot here and we will miss him. I will also miss his humorous side and his constant effort to play upon my fear of heights. His offer to buy me a ticket to walk on the glass ledge over the Grand Canyon always brought a look of torment to my face.”
If you would like to make a monetary contribution toward a gift card for Dale, please send your contribution to Dan Yeoman by July 24 to be applied towards a gift card. Cards and well wishes can be sent to his home at, 45 East Center Street, Williamsport IN 47993.
To Purdue Libraries on behalf of Dale White
Dale White and family would like to thank all of the Purdue Libraries staff for all the cards, letters of encouragement, prayers, visits, taking Dale out to lunch and the luncheon that was brought to our home. We would like to take the opportunity to formally notify Purdue Libraries staff in writing of Dale’s extended absence due to his disability. Dale has paraneoplastic syndrome, an autoimmune response, and has been traveling back and forth to Mayo Clinic for treatment. He has great difficulty walking, speaking clearly and has had some cognitive impairment. We do not know what the outcome will be, but we do know Who holds the future.
May we take this opportunity to thank Dean Mullins, Nancy, Brad and his fellow colleagues and student workers for the wonderful experiences he has had, the many friends and professional colleagues that he has made and the happy and productive years that he spent at Purdue.
Dale’s time at Libraries has played such an integral and pivotal role in his life and he and our family will fondly remember Purdue, and more importantly, the people in the years ahead. At the same time we are excited at the prospect of continuing treatment and beating this syndrome. For those of you that have been praying we want you to know we have felt your prayers, and we ask for your continuing prayers. It is our understanding and hope that after the cancer is found and treated the autoimmune response will stop.
We would like to extend our warmest wishes to everyone at Purdue Libraries for the future and we are sure that Purdue will continue to go from strength to strength. GO PURDUE!
Dale White and Family