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White Named Holocaust Center Outreach Coordinator

KEENE, N.H. 8/10/01 - Thomas M. White of Keene has been named coordinator of educational outreach for Keene State College’s Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies.

In this position, he will responsible for organizing Holocaust educational programs with local secondary schools, developing educational materials for use by schools, assisting teachers with curriculum development, and visiting outlying schools in both New Hampshire and Vermont. His appointment will begin in the fall semester.

White’s appointment was announced recently by Paul Vincent, director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies. White is taking a one-year leave-of- absence from Keene High School, where he has taught social studies since 1985.

While at KHS, White implemented and taught the advanced placement course in European history. In addition, he has led student groups to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and to Babi Yar in the Ukraine, the site of one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious Jewish massacres. White also served as research historian for Stephen Hooper’s 1997 video documentary, An American Nurse at War, and he is a long-term member of the Holocaust Center’s Advisory Board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Norwich University and a master’s degree in education from Keene State.

White’s appointment follows the establishment of the Norma and Lester Cohen Center Endowment at Keene State. The endowment, the result of a contribution from Jan and Rich Cohen of Keene, N.H., is the largest non-bequest gift the College has ever received. It will enable the Cohen Center to expand its program of educational offerings to secondary schools in New Hampshire and southern Vermont.

According to Vincent, White brings a valuable new component to the Cohen Center educational program, which could result in the creation of a Holocaust studies internship within Keene State’s education department. “Tom’s energy, searching mind, and commitment to teaching the lessons and legacy of the Holocaust will be highly valued,” says Vincent. Since its inception in 1983, the Center has embraced educational outreach as a fundamental part of its mission. The addition of an outreach coordinator will enable the Center, says Vincent, to better fulfill its mission, “To Rememberand to Teach.”

For more information, contact Judy Kalich, director of Advancement at KSC, at 603-358-2371. For more information about the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies, visit their web site at

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