From: Boston University Alumni Page
Date: Spring 2002
By Peter Vandermark
[George Robert White was a] lifelong bachelor, who lived with his sister on Commonwealth Avenue, amassed a fortune in the pharmaceutical industry. He had come to the city as a poor boy to work in the Potter Drug and Chemical Company, which he eventually owned. In 1878 he came up with the name Cuticura for the soap that became its mainstay.
When George . . .died in 1922
at the age of seventy-five, he left $5 million to create "works of public
utility and beauty for the use and enjoyment of the City of Boston." He
also left $50,000 for the construction of a memorial to himself. . . [located
in] the Public Garden at the corner of Arlington and Beacon Streets.
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A west wing of the of the Musuem of Fine Arts, Boston is named after George Robert White and was opened in 1970.