Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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White, Robert W.

  • Norman Francis WattEmail author
  • John Stewart McGovern
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_2078-2

Robert (“Bob”) Winthrop White was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on October 17, 1904, to a patrician family along the lines of familiar “Boston Brahmins” and died in Weston, Massachusetts, on February 6, 2001, at the age of 96. In a sense, he was also born into the Harvard culture, as indicated by the middle name his parents bestowed on him (Winthrop). There is a Winthrop House at Harvard College that is named after two distinguished Harvard men. William Howard White, an attorney, and Katharine Dana White had a secure marriage and a loving family of three children (Anderson 2013). Bob was the youngest, Katharine (Kitty) was 3 years older, and Henry was 6 years older than Bob. By his own description, Bob was deeply attached to his mother, a devout Episcopalian/Anglican, and he was frequently troubled by intensely rivalrous feelings toward his domineering older brother. He considered each of these to be significant features in shaping his character. As adults, the brothers had a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Independent ScholarDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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  • Christopher J. Holden
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Carolina UniversityCullowheeUSA