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Robert K. (Bob) White

Robert K. (Bob) White of Seattle, WA and Newton, MA died suddenly at home on February 17, 2016, from pulmonary emboli.  He was 47 years old. Bob was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Newton, MA where he began his studies in violin, voice, guitar and theatre arts. He attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA for 3 years specializing in all aspects of theatre as director, playwright, producer, actor and manager. Shakespeare was his muse. 

He worked with several theatre groups in MA, FL, VT, TX and Seattle, some of his work focusing on critical public health issues like HIV prevention, mental health and child abuse prevention. He was involved with Theatre Babylon, Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival and founded and directed City3 Theatre. He also worked for over 20 years as a systems engineer at Virginia Mason Medical Center hoping to improve health care delivery, outcomes and patient safety.

Bob brought zest, fierceness, passion and creativity to everything he did. He was a ravenous learner in many fields and loved nothing more than unraveling intricate dilemmas in a technology problem, in science/science fiction, in a dramatic passage or in a challenging recipe since he loved to cook. He especially enjoyed working with a small group of people equally inspired by a dilemma. He worked diligently to open himself to learn more, master more, feel more deeply and be a better man and father to his beloved daughter, Samantha White.    

Bob is survived by Samantha and by his mother, Suzanne White, both of Seattle, and by his brother, Malcolm White, sister, Molly Miller-White, his stepmother Barbara Miller, all of Rockport, MA. and by aunts and cousins in several states. His father, Robert Bruce White, preceded him in death.

His life will be celebrated by family and friends at 1:30 p.m.on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the West of Lenin Theatre, 203 N 38 Street, Fremont-Seattle, WA. All his friends and family are welcome.


I worked with Bob on many productions while I lived in Seattle from 1991-1998. We would spend hours discussing art and Shakespeare!! Such fond memories of hanging with him, working with him and musing over everything. When I moved to LA and then NYC Bob was always a phone call or an email away to offer support and humor. I love Bob and will miss his laugh and his passion for theatre. RIP dear friend.

Kaylene French

So smart, so funny, so loving, so creative. My nephew Bob White could light up any room he entered and bring smiles to all present with his clever banter and outrageous jokes. Such a spirit remains forever in our lives.

Marianne Smylie

"Goodnight sweet prince."


I attended Hampshire with Bob. Went to Arlo Guthrie concert in Springfield with him and his dad. 
R.I.P., Bob.

Neil Feathers


Jennifer gardner

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