The Lucybeth Rampton Award was established in 1994 in honor of former First Lady Lucybeth Rampton. Mrs. Rampton was a founding member of Utah Heritage Foundation and a lifelong advocate of the preservation of Utah's architectural heritage. The Lucybeth Rampton Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to historic preservation and whose vision and activities have significantly impacted the preservation movement in Utah.
Rob's love for historic preservation began in the late 70s when he and his wife Connie rehabbed an historic home in Salt Lake's then quirky Marmalade Hill Historic District. Fortuitously, that house just happened to sit right across Quince Street from the Thomas Quayle House, then Utah Heritage's headquarters, and it didn't take long before Rob became a member of UHF's Revolving Loan Fund Committee. By 1984, his finance skills quickly led to his being tapped to be on Utah Heritage Foundation's board of directors.
Shortly after his introduction to Utah Heritage Foundation, Rob's business smarts, fundraising ability, lifelong connections with Ogden's movers and shakers, and preservation chops played a defining role in helping build a partnership between Weber County, Ogden City, Weber State University, the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce and the Egyptian Theater Foundation – a partnership that restored Peery's Egyptian Theater as part of the adjoining David Eccles Conference Center. The breathtaking Egyptian Revival style theater reopened January 17, 1997 not only as one of Utah's real architectural gems, but as a cornerstone in downtown Ogden's revitalization.
The National Trust recognized the Egyptian Theater with a National Preservation Honor Awards that year and that put Rob on the National Trust for Historic Preservation' radar. He became one of two Utah advisors to the National Trust in 1993. Rob not only shared a valuable Utah perspective as an advisor, he also had a way of posing a question that caused everyone in the room to stop, think and ponder. Now lest we think that this national-level preservation work meant Rob's eyes were turned away from his native Utah, in the midst of his national service Rob took the helm of the Renovation Committee for Salt Lake's historic Alta Club and then Rob's hometown of Ogden came calling again. In 2006, Ogden voters passed a bond to rehabilitate the historic Ogden High School. He helped plan the campaign, raise initial funds, and build grassroots support.
And so... from renovating an historic house for his young family, to helping the National Trust bring equity investment to large-scale historic rehabilitation projects across the country. From serving on Utah Heritage Foundation's young Revolving Fund committee to co-chairing the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Board of Trustees. From being a mentor to Utah Heritage Foundation staff to stepping in as an interim executive director for a couple of years. And from attending Ogden High School and "just being enchanted" to helping insure an Art Deco gem will inspire students for another 70+ years. This is the commitment — and these are the contributions — of Rob White to historic preservation. When talking about the value of preserving his high school alma mater, Rob said: "I think it's one of the most optimistic, generous things we can do. It's kind of paying it forward to the next generation to take something that was important to us and that was important to our parents, and leave that for future generations. We're not going to be there 70 years from now, but knowing that school will be there means we've left the world a little better. "Utah Heritage Foundation presented Rob White with the Lucybeth Rampton Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant impact on historic preservation throughout the state.