Gary A. White - Honored in 2014
Olathe High School Class of 1960
(Nov. 16, 1942 — )
Several of Gary’s high school educators were influential in his interest of electronics and engineering. After high school, Gary enlisted in the United States Air Force where he trained pilots in navigation procedures, became a weather officer, and provided weather support for manned spacecraft operations. As a result, the Air Force selected him to obtain a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He subsequently developed several classified systems and was a program manager and Mission Director. After retirement, he had contractor assignments with the National Security Agency, the USAF Space Command, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Most of his projects were classified and some are credited with ending the Cold War and countering terrorist actions. Gary has been involved at various levels in Boy Scouts including Order of the Arrow and as a council board member. Now he devotes his time to instructing student pilots and is active with his local library adult reading and writing programs.