Jeanne Devers White, 85, of Frankford, DE, passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at home with friends and family by her side.
Jeanne was the daughter of the late Patrick and Helen Devers of West Pittston, Pa. Born on December 21, 1935, she resided in the family home in West Pittston where her early education took place at Immaculate Conception Elementary school, and Saint John the Evangelist High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and nutrition from College Misericordia, in Dallas, Pa. She also completed advanced Dietetics studies at several medical centers in New York City.
Jeanne was a dedicated civil servant, joining the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1963. During her career at FDA, Jeanne held many senior positions including being named the first FDA White House Liaison and serving as the Assistant Director of Field Operations in the White House Office of
Consumer Affairs. In 1972, Jeanne was directed by the Nixon Administration to establish the country's first White House Consumer Protection Office in a Disaster Area in the aftermath of Hurricane Agnes. This initiative to open a Consumer Protection Office has continued as a template for other disaster areas that have occurred since then. She also served as the Regional Director, Director of Field Operations and National Director of Communications at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In 1999, Jeanne retired from the FDA Commissioner's Office of National Industry, Scientific, and Trade Affairs. Among her numerous national and international awards, Jeanne is a seven-time winner of the FDA Award of Merit, the FDA's highest award. She is also a recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence and was named Regulatory Professional of the Year in 1992 by the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society. Jeanne most recently was the Director of Communications at Nocopi Technologies, being appointed to that position in December 2003.
Jeanne was an avid shopper and had a flare for bold colors. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and staying active during her retirement years. She was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City. Md. Jeanne is survived by her husband, Philip White, his daughter Marnie Merrill, and granddaughter, Sloane Mitchell; sister Carole and her husband Atty. Joseph Quinn of Laflin, Pa; nephew Lawrence Kovacs Jr., and his daughter; great-niece Bridget Kovacs; niece Lynn Kovacs Pellegrino, great-nephew Matthew Pellegrino and great-niece Nicole Pellegrino, and great-great niece Riley Anne Sibley; nieces Kathleen DePillis, Michelle Quinn, and Kimberly Hazzouri and their children great nephew Matthew, Brendan, Adrien and Declan, and great nieces Julia, Emily and Maeve.
Jeanne was preceded in death recently by her sister, Anne Kovacs of Selbyville, De.
A viewing was held in Delaware.
The family will receive friends and relatives Friday, October 29, 2021, from 10am-11am in Corpus Christi Parish, 605 Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends doing something nice for someone else. Local arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.