Elinore Y. White, 63, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 22, at her home in Rye, N.Y., surrounded by her immediate family after battling cancer. She is survived by her brother Charles, sister-in-law Mary (Mimi) White, and her twin nephews Peter and Thomas White.
A proud New Englander, Elinore was born in Boston and spent much of her “growing up” years in Marblehead, Mass., where her love of reading, writing and learning set her on course for a successful career in public relations. After graduating second in her high school class, Elinore attended the University of Pennsylvania and later Boston University where she excelled and prepared for her career in public relations and communications.
Elinore moved to New York City to pursue her career and resided for the last 16 years in Rye, N.Y. She was frequent visitor to the Rye Free Reading Room, loved to stroll the streets of downtown Rye and was a strong advocate for the preservation of Rye Town Park. She loved spending time near the seashore, and Rye was the perfect place to stay close to her childhood experiences in Marblehead. Like any New Englander she was an avid fan of all Boston sports teams. She had a special affinity for the Boston Celtics where her family was a 30-year season ticket holder. Elinore worked in partnership with the Celtics to bring nutrition education to the Boston Public Schools.
Elinore spent more than 30 years building a long and illustrious career in public relations, focused on the animal health, pharmaceuticals and food industries. She began her career in the food industry, working for 14 years at the New England Dairy & Food Council, then spent time as a leader on global pharmaceutical accounts and campaigns for some of the best PR agencies in New York City (Ruder Finn, MS&L, GCI Group). She joined Pfizer Animal Health in 2010, and she eventually helped plan the launch of Zoetis as part of its spinoff from Pfizer – an award-winning achievement at a company she was so proud to call home. “Elinore was a true communications professional whose uncompromising standards, tireless work ethic and sharp focus on results were a high bar that she set for herself and all her colleagues,” said Bill Price, the communications lead at Zoetis. “Her energy and enthusiasm drew colleagues to her for advice and insight, and she was incredibly respected, admired and loved across the company.”
Her family will be holding a private service this week
A Celebration of Life for her will be held July 9, 2019 at Noon at the Westchester Country Club 99 Biltmore Ave. Harrison, NY www.wccclub.org
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Elinore Y. White can be made to the Schepens Eye Research Institute. Please make checks payable to Schepens Eye Research Institute and mail to Schepens Eye Research Institute c/o Development Office, 243 Charles Street Boston, MA 02114 or online at https://ssl.charityweb.net/schepens/ or to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK. 73123 www.cancer.org
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