Henry Dulin White, 85, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013. He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Kathryn Henderson White, daughters Kathryn “Kitty” White, Jean (Robert) Williams, and son Henry D. “Hank” (Andrea) White II. He was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on September 27, 1927, the son of the late Cyrus “Cy” White and Mary Dulin White.
Henry was a 1952 graduate of the University of Kentucky, and later served in the United States Air Force.
Experienced in all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry, Henry was an internationally renowned and respected third generation horseman. He was the manager of Elsmeade and Plum Lane Farms, until his retirement in 2002. Mr. White was the breeding advisor to Mr. Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stable resulting in 1969 Belmont winner and Horse of the Year Arts and Letters, 1970 Horse of the Year, Fort Marcy, 1972 Champion Male Key to the Mint, European Horse of the Year, Mill Reef, and 1993 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Sea Hero, to name a few. He was advisor to Thomas P. Whitney for which he raised Florida Derby winner Cryptoclearance, H.H. The Aga Khan, Nelson Bunker Hunt, Hall of Fame trainer J. Elliott Burch, Preston Burch, and others. He was a highly successful breeder and owner in his own right.
Mr. White was a member of the Keeneland Club, Past President of the Thoroughbred Club of America, Vice President of the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation, a lifetime member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Manager’s Club earning the distinction of Kentucky’s Farm Manager of the Year in 1979, Director Emeritus of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, two term President of the Thoroughbred Breeders of Kentucky, a founder of KEEP, and a Fellow of the UK Alumni Association. He also was presented the “Hardboot Breeders Award” by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders.
Mr. White is also survived by grandsons Randy and Ross Guffey, granddaughter Ashley Williams, step-grandchildren Leigh Ann Guffey Byers, Carrie Roe and Andrew Cropper, brother-in-law Tommy Nelson, sisters-in law Helen (Bob) Edwards, Jessie Drake, Sue (Phillip) Collins, Tommy (Shirlene) Henderson, Willis (Rose) Henderson and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents and sister, Betty White Nelson.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 until 7:30 PM at Milward – Man O’ War, 1509 Trent Blvd. A memorial service will be 2:30 PM Wednesday at Milward – Man O’ War.
Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, the Salvation Army or to a charity of one’s choice.
Services will be held at:
Milward Funeral Directors – Man O’ War
1509 Trent Blvd.
Lexington, Kentucky 40515
Service scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2013