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New London - George C. White recently received a distinguished public service award from the commandant of the Coast Guard in recognition of his outstanding service to the organization.
Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. presented the award to White at the Coast Guard Academy on Jan. 8. White has held numerous positions in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the volunteer branch of the Coast Guard, for about 20 years, and has given his time and resources to help cadets at the Coast Guard Academy develop as leaders, according to the award citation.
The citation credits White for his "exceptional public service contributions to the Coast Guard." White was among the first auxiliarists to qualify as quartermaster-of-the-watch on the barque Eagle, and he helped coordinate overseas engagements for Eagle. White served in several leadership positions in the auxiliary, including flotilla commander.
He also helped establish a drawing course for cadets through the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and started an art scholarship that has allowed 16 cadets to spend a week in Italy. White, the founder of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and a former director of The Day, lives in Waterford with his wife, Betsy.