Memorial Service for Edwin
Frost Whited is Set for Aug. 30 at Centenary College
SHREVEPORT, LA — A memorial service and celebration of the life
of longtime business and civic leader Edwin Frost Whited, who died June
9 in Santa Fe, N.M., will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at
Centenary College’s Brown Chapel. The Rev. Kenneth W. Paul, Rector
of Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal, will officiate. Following the service,
a visitation and reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Woman’s
Department Club, 802 Margaret Place.
The Chief Executive Officer of Frost Whited Industries in Shreveport,
Edwin Whited was a board member of numerous business and civic organizations
and held the presidencies of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, the National
Cotton Compress Association and the Southwestern Compress and Warehouse
Association. He was elected to the Centenary College Alumni Hall of Fame
in 1968 was selected “Mr. Shreveport” by the Optimist Club
Born in Shreveport, La., on July 8, 1919, he was the only child of Elizabeth
Frost Whited and Frank Thayer Whited. He had an active life and was extremely
generous with his time as well as his resources to both his birth state
of Louisiana and to his adopted home of Santa Fe. His public-spirited
passions lay in the field of human services, especially crisis needs,
as well as in the sciences and higher education. The endowment of the
Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Eminent Scholars Chair in Neuroscience at Centenary
College, in honor of his late wife, and the Frost School of Business at
Centenary are examples of his devotion to both higher education and his
He was the founding president of the Frost Foundation, a Charitable Trust
endowed by his grandmother, Virginia Chapelle Frost, in 1959; CEO of Frost
Whited Industries, a cotton warehousing company that moved on to develop
hotels and hospitals throughout Louisiana; and a board member of the Frost
Lumber Co. until its sale to Olinkraft in the spring of 1959.
Among the boards of directors on which he served were the National Cotton
Compress Association (President), American Red Cross, Texas Christian
University, Willis-Knighton Hospital, Council for a Better Louisiana (founding
member), Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (founding member),
Centenary College, First National Bank of Shreveport, Shreveport Chamber
of Commerce (President and Life Member of the Presidents' Round Table),
Shreveport Airport Authority, Shreveport Opera, Shreveport Symphony, Louisiana
State Fair, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Shreveport Club and
the Shreveport Country Club.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Mary Amelia Whited-Howell
and Philip B. Howell, and three grandchildren, Philip Carter Howell, Amelia
Reid Howell, and Henry Frost Howell.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial donation to an organization
of the donor's choice.
See also Mary
Amelia Douglas-Whited Chair background.
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