Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Howard Russell White

The Rev. Howard Russell White was born in Saybrook, Connecticut, on 19 February 1880, the son of the Rev. (and future Bishop) John Hazen White and wife Mary Louise (Holbrook). He was educated at Howe Military School and entered Trinity College, graduating in 1902. He then entered Nashotah House and upon graduating, was ordained to the priesthood by his father in 1905. Working under his father, he served as rector at St. Mary's, Delphi, from 1905 to 1906, then moved to Chicago to serve as curate at the cathedral of St Peter and Paul. In 1910, he returned to Indana, where his father assigned him to Marion, serving both Gethsemane and nearby St. Paul's, Gas City, until 1912. When his father became rector of St. James in South Bend in 1912, Howard served as its vicar and assistant through 1920. He was named Archdeacon in 1920 and remained in the diocese after his father's death, serving again in Delphi under the new bishop, Campbell Gray. In 1928, he became a teacher at Howe School but continued to hold office as diocesan secretary and member of the Board of Examining Chaplains. During the 1920s he married Mary Edna Johnson. In 1931, he moved to Eugene, Oregon, to become rector of St. Mary's Church, remaining until 1939. He then became archdeacon of the diocese, serving from 1942 until his retirement in 1948. He then moved to California and died in La Jolla on 5 April 1969.