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White, William Sylvester, Jr.  

Paul Stillwell

pioneer black naval officer, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the only child of William S. White Sr. and Marie Houston White His father was a chemist and pharmacist and his mother was a public school teacher They were graduates of Fisk University in Nashville a traditionally black school Both had postgraduate degrees and emphasized to their son the importance of education In an oral history interview White recalled I knew that the opportunity to go to school was a precious opportunity which should not be wasted My father used to tell me that his mother told him that almost anything you get the white folks can take away from you except learning Stillwell 243 White attended public schools including Hyde Park High School in Chicago Small in physical stature he ran track and played soccer in high school He earned a bachelor s degree from the University of ...