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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 5, 2017 PAGE 3 Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 121 - No. 18 Friday, May 5, 2017 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. Always First lady of Boston by Sal Giarratani Here is a great photo taken at Boston City Hal/back in January 1978, at the retirement ceremony for my father, Dominic F. Giarratani Sr., being congratulated by Boston's First Lady Kathryn White. (Photo by Boston Health & Hospitals) The word ~graci0us" is always the first word that comes to my mind when I reflect on Kathryn White, the widow of Boston's Mayor Kevin H. White. Hers was always, as many have said, a calm and steadying presence. Kathryn White, 82, and her husband were one of Boston's forever power couples. Her son Mark said of her, She was drawn to him (Mayor White) because of his optimism and enthusiasm and he felt the same for her." "Mayor White struggled with A1zheimer's disease in the last decade of his life and Mrs. White was always there at his side as his best companion and greatest protector. Mayor Marry Walsh added, "Kathryn White was an example of what it means to truly embody the spirit of Boston." Kathryn White grew up a Galvin from Charlestown. Her father was City Council President William J. Galvin. She met the future mayor in the 1950s and they married in 1956. Coincidentally, Mayor White's father Joseph White also served as City Council President, too. He ran and won the secretary of state position in 1960, serving three terms, and fifty years ago this year ran for mayor against Louise Day Hicks in one of the most heated of all Boston mayoral races. Always at his side helping him shape the New Boston of the 1970s was his loyal wife, Kathryn. The last time I met her, she was with her husband at the Starbucks next to City Hall. It was just before the Columbus Day parade was about to begin. I walked up to them and started talking. All of a sudden it was 1967 all over again. He was 37 years old and I was only 19. Kathryn stood near him smiling as he and I talked about the old days in politics. His long term memory was still there and I watched the trademark Kevin White smile shine through. When we finished talking, Mrs. White thanked me so much for making her husband laugh and smile if only for a few minutes. He had class and she had class. I think they should build a statue of Kathryn White over in Adams Square next to her husband's because they were so much a team. Couldn't have one without the other. The opinions by our columnists: and eontr/butors are clear, origlnal photoL There is a SS charge submitted. Photos can be submitted via ~mail: com. If you want uour photos returned, include a self.addressed, stamped envelope. March 27, 1935 - May 1, 2017 Growing up a daughter of William J. Galvin, who had served as Boston City Council president, Kathryn White knew what she didn't want her future to hold. "1 listened to politics all my life," she told the Globe in 1967. "1 swore I'd never marry a politician:' Then on a blind date one evening, she met Kevin Hagan White, himself the son and grandson of City Council presidents. "Kevin has that wonderful smile, as if there's no one else in the room but you," she recalled in that Globe interview, several weeks before he was first elected Boston's mayor. "The first time I met him, I was fascinated. I knew immediately after our second or third date, I would marry him." Mrs. White, whose grace and elegance dazzled voters throughout her husband's political career, which included four terms as mayor, died in her Beacon Hill home Monday. She was 82 and her health had been declining. "Kathryn White was an example of what it means to truly embody the spirit of Boston," Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said. "From her work with Boston's elderly to her devotion to her husband, children, and family, she was an extraordinary first lady of Boston who will be greatly missed." A social worker after graduating from college, Mrs. White was an advocate for the elderly during her husband's years at City Hall. In 1979, she took a part-time job at Boston University Medical Center as a consultant to the university's programs for the elderly. "She proba bly knows more about the elderly than anyone in the city," David Rosenbloom, then the city's health and hospitals commissioner, told the Globe at the time. If Mrs. White saw politics close-up as a child because of her father's time as an elected official, her mother, the former Ella Swanson, may have inspired her interest in social services and caring for those less able to fend for themselves. A former faculty member at Lesley College, Ella Galvin helped found one of the first Girl Scout troops in the country for special needs girls. She also was a director of Camp Joy, which welcomed inner-city children with developmental disabilities. In Charlestown, where Mrs. White grew up, her father was known as "Mother Galvin" for his tradition of giving clothing and. turkeys to fellow townies during the Great Depression. He represented Charlestown on the City Council from 1938 to 1942 - serving as council president from 1940 to 1941. He also managed the campaign of Mayor Maurice Tobin, who appointed him superintendent of Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. I(athryn Galvin was one of eight siblings -- seven of them girls. She graduated from Holy Cross Academy in Brookline and was attending Newton College of the Sacred Heart when a sister of Kevin White, who was attending Boston College Law School, arranged a blind date. They soon fell in love. One cold winter day, he arrived at the Sacred Heart campus when they had not planned a date. He asked her to drive with him to Cohasset, where he proposed as they walked along the seashore, holding hands in the chilly wind. They married in 1956, right after she graduated from college. The following year, she took a job as a social worker at Boston City Hospital, where she had held a summer job while in college. The Whites had five children, and Kevin White spent nearly a quarter century as an elected official -- seven years as secretary of state, followed by 16 years as mayor. "A real luxury for us is a quiet evening home," Mrs. White told the Globe in 1970. Mrs. White leaves two sons, Chris and Mark; three daughters; Caitlyn, Elizabeth, and Patricia; two sisters, Marilyn Redmond and Denise Swan; her brother, William Galvin Jr.; and 10 grandchildren. A wake was held at Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman &. Son-Waring-Langone in Boston. A funeral Mass was at 10:00 am Thursday in St. Cecilia Church in the Back Bay. Donations in Kathryn's memory may be made to Friends of the Public Garden, 69 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 Improv Asylum Hosts NEAD for Family Vacation Show The Improv Asylum on Hanover Street once again hosted North End Against Drugs for a Family Improv Show dur-ing April school vacation. Close to 100 NEAD family members attended this fabulously funny event on Wednesday, April 19th. The children were treated to pizza donated by Regina's Pizzeria, soft drinks were provided by the Improv and of course an incredible Improv Show! Along with families from the neighborhood, children, and staff from the Nazzaro Center attended as part of their vacation week camp program. Nazzaro Center staff helped give out the drinks and pizza, and keep At the end of the great show order with the show, their help the children participated in was instrumental in everything a free raffle, 4 lucky winners runningso smoothly, received $25 gift cards to Barnes and Noble -- part of NEAD's Education First Pro- gram-- the gift cards were paid for as part of a grant received from NEAD's corporate sponsor Eversource Energy. a handful of other children won NEAD string backpacks. "North End Against Drugs and the North End community are extremely thankful to the Improv Asylum and Direc- tor of Operations/Producer Stacey Princi as well as Events Manager Bryan Daley for sup- porting us for many years," stated NEAD President John Romano. "We are also grateful for the continuous support of our events by Pizzeria Regina." i