Date Created: 05/18/2020
Last Updated: 05/19/2020

In loving memory of Todd White
12/7/1965 - 3/19/2020

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Visits: 814

This memorial was created in honor of Todd White of Las Vegas, Nevada. Todd was born on December 7, 1965 and passed on March 19, 2020. Todd was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all friends and family.


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From: Gen Duarte Saturday, May 23, 2020
Dr. White,

Wow. It's hard to write this out. I didn't know you for a very long time, but the time I did was very meaningful to me. Your lectures, conversations, wisdom, kindness, enthusiasm, love for anthropology, and genuine care for students... you have no idea just how impactful they were. I still remember your voice asking us questions, your smile as you explained a fascinating concept, and the way you made students feel welcome and comfortable in what is usually a cold, academic setting. I remember these things as if they were still here. I will miss you so much. You made students laugh. You inspired us to ask questions. You gladly shared your knowledge and made us eager to learn more. I know that, personally, you've inspired me to learn more and be more humble about what I already know. There's so much out there. I wish I could have known you for far more time, because I would have learned so much more. But I am grateful for the time I did know you because it had such a significant impact. Thank you.

From: Heather Frigiola Friday, May 22, 2020
Dear Todd,

Thank you. When I moved to Las Vegas last summer, I hardly knew anyone. You welcomed me like family and took care of me like such. You had no obligation to do so. You were completely selfless. You were one of the kindest, most sincere human beings I have ever had the honor of knowing and the joy of working with.

In the short time we have worked together, you have been a mentor, a friend, family, and role model. But was it a short time? We crossed paths at James Madison University sixteen years ago. I took classes with your father. But I was not yet ready to get to know you. I needed to grow up first. We went our separate ways and moved all around the country. But the universe was intent on having me learn from you. When I came to UNLV, you were waiting for me. Time and distance were nothing to you. You remembered me. You welcomed me. You believed in me. You inspired me.

I learned so many things from you, things that I never imagined. Your work in LGBT studies and activism changed the world. You changed my perception of Lewis Henry Morgan, Edward Burnett Tylor, and Bronislaw Malinowski. I would have loved to continue helping you with your projects, for the HIC, and for your textbook on magic. You had so many incredible plans. I was honored to be a part of them.

You also were an amazing storyteller. I saw how the students gripped the edge of their seat as you shared the story of the Mattachine Society and your work with transgender studies. You truly inspired the students to learn more. I aspire to one day be like you, although that is a lofty goal indeed.

And yet you walked alone, traveling your path for others and not for your own glory. You were gentle, but would fight fiercely for others. You instilled hope. You are the embodiment of what a teacher ought to be; one who challenges convention, who cares for students on an individual basis, who emanates a genuine love for the world and of knowledge. You were spiritual and mystical, brilliant, innovative, compassionate, and kind.

Thank you, Todd. Thank you on behalf of many. May you rest in peace and fulfillment.

From: Danielle Romero Tuesday, May 19, 2020
To my friend and mentor Todd,

I'm still having trouble finding the words to express my gratitude for your friendship and guidance. Although we did not know each other for very long, the impact you had on my life was immense. I still find myself preparing for the Thursday meeting with new Malinowski field photos and riveting tales of ghosts. Thanks for putting me back in touch with my cultural roots and helping me explore a hobby I had abandoned some time ago. I'll carry your spark with me always along with the "shaman feather". You still owe me a kick and a ghost hunt. Rest well my friend until we cross paths again.

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