LSU’s first black faculty member died this week after battling cancer.

Julian T. White, a retired professor of architecture, became the first black member of LSU’s faculty in 1971.

White, who was 73 when he died Tuesday, retired from the university in 2003.

Born and raised in Alexandria, where he also operated W.A. White Funeral Home, White received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

Prior to his arrival at LSU, he taught at both Southern University and Tuskegee University.

White also maintained an architecture firm in Baton Rouge, with the majority of his projects concerning work with area schools and churches across the country. He also served for numerous years on the state Board of Architectural Examiners.

“The LSU community is saddened to hear of the loss of Julian White, who helped to educate and prepare scores of architecture students over his 30-plus year career here,” LSU Chancellor Michael Martin said in a statement.

“He certainly holds an important place in the university’s history by breaking the color barrier as its first black professor,” Martin continued.

White is survived by his wife of 50 years, Loretta, and their children.

Funeral services for White are scheduled for noon Saturday at Union Historic Baptist Church in Alexandria. A memorial service will be held at a later date at University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

In lieu of flowers, White’s family asks that donations be made to the Julian T. White Memorial Scholarship fund. Checks should be made payable to the LSU Foundation (memo line: Julian T. White Memorial Scholarship) and sent to the LSU Foundation, c/o Michael D. Robinson, College of Art & Design, 102 Design Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Donations may also be made to the American Cancer Society.