ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Today is the last day of finals at St Louis University, and of course final exams are difficult enough, but some students and faculty at SLU have the added burden the sudden death of one of the most admired professors. Dr. Norman White died of a heart attack at his home in Belleville Dec 6th at the age of 64.

Dr. White was an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice. An activist and a scholar, he was one of the founders of the program, ‘Shut it Down: Addressing the School to Prison Pipeline.” The program trained teachers and staff in nearly a dozen St. Louis public schools on racial bias and childhood trauma and what he called risk immersion.

We have comunties where kids are surrounded by so much risk in their lives, they an’t avoid it. and the more that that’s present the more likely they are to be involved in deliquency and particularly violence,” he said.

Earlier this spring, Dr. White received the 2017 Excellence in Mental Health award from the St. Louis American Foundation. He had just co-authored a book, ‘Hidden Cultural Diversity, Ethnocentrism and Violence Among African Americans’.

St. Louis University staged an empty chair with Dr. White’s academic cap and gown at last Friday’s graduation.

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