||After graduating from Boston Latin School in 1941, White attended Harvard University. He volunteered for the U.S.A.A.F. (United States Army Air Forces)[who?] at the beginning of his 4th semester of college. Three years later he returned to Harvard, graduating magna cum laude on June 5, 1947 with an A.B. in Government.
White then worked as a research scientist under Douglas McGregor and Mason Haire at the MIT Sloan School of Management. White found his calling in business, graduating with a MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1951.