UNION — The University of South Carolina Union held the Union/Laurens Commission for Higher Education 22nd Annual Founders’ Day program on Friday, October 13 at 11 a.m. in the auditorium. Susan Jeter Smith White and Thomas Arlington White, Jr., long-time USC Union scholarship donors, were the honorees this year.
Susan Jeter Smith White was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, the daughter of June Jeter Smith and the late Wilbur Frasier Smith, Jr., former Superintendent of Union County Schools. Her family moved to Santuck when she was five years old. She was a member of Santuck Elementary School’s last graduating class. She grew up attending Carlisle Methodist Church.
Susan graduated from Union High School and earned a B.A. in English from Presbyterian College and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Reading Education from the University of Georgia.
Susan spent her professional career as an educator. She served as a classroom teacher, reading clinician, assistant college professor, and as a reading/language arts consultant for the South Carolina Department of Education and for Richland School District Two. She is currently an officer on the Reading Recovery Advisory Council.
Thomas Arlington White, Jr., was born in Wayne County, North Carolina. His late parents were Thomas Arlington White and Mary Mercer Dunn White. He grew up in Clemson, where he attended First Baptist Church. Tom attended Calhoun-Clemson School and graduated from Daniel High School. He obtained a B.S. in Physics at Clemson University and Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Virginia and later, an M.S. degree in Medical Physics from Georgia Tech.
Tom taught Physics at Furman University. He was subsequently employed as Senior Medical Physicist at several South Carolina hospitals and as a private consultant. He is currently a Governor’s appointee to South Carolina DHEC’s Technical Advisory Radiation Control Council and a member of national associations for radiation specialists.
Tom and Susan reside in Columbia. They are currently active members of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church.