The community of board, staff and friends of Oatlands deeply mourns the loss of Anita Graf White. We extend our deepest sympathies to her husband, Rev. Elijah B. White III, her family and her large circle of friends. Services will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg at 1p.m. on Monday, June 14. Internment will follow immediately at the Church of Our Saviour, with a reception at Oatlands. Oatlands will close to the public at 12 noon on Monday, June 14.
Mrs. White was a long time Oatlands board member, serving as chair in 2004 and 2005, and going on to become a director emeritus until her death. She was instrumental in the master planning process for Oatlands, which has resulted in many preservation successes on the property. Her passion for preservation included the restoration of the 1821 Carter brick bank barn which begins this month.
Mrs. White graduated from the Madeira School in McLean, VA and Vassar College. Following her graduation from Vassar, she moved to Loudoun County where she did volunteer work organizing overseas conferences for the Airlie Foundation in Warrenton, VA. She was a founding board member of Loudoun Therapeutic Riding.
A life-long and accomplished horsewoman, Mrs. White began riding at the age of six and was elected Master of Foxhounds of the Loudoun Hunt in 1970. She served as joint-master of the Loudoun Hunt for more than 30 years. She also served as treasurer for the Church of Our Saviour.
Anita Graf White loved Loudoun County. She loved the land and the history and worked tirelessly to preserve both. We owe her much and her loss is keenly felt.