Thomas N. White, 39, a consultant on educational and social management, died Saturday at Arlington Hospital after a stroke.

A diabetic since the age of 15, Mr. White had lost his sight in 1972, and was placed on a kidnap dialysis machine at Georgetown University Hospital in early 1973.

Despite his disabilities, Mr. White continued to remain active until last November, when he broke a hip and was confined to a wheel-chair.

Born in Gorzia, Italy, where his father, the late Dr. Nicholas White, was a psychiatrist, Mr. White came to this country with his family in 1949.

He lived in various cities where his father served with Veterans Administration hospitals. He entered George Washington University, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1962 and a master's degree in political science in 1965. He was a research assistant there in 1966.

Mr. White then was a social science analyst for a year with the U.S. Civil Rights Commission before joining the D.C. public suustem as an educational research planning associate.

He retired in 1973 as assistant to the assistant superintendent of schools of planning and development. He continued to serve as a consultant to the schools and to the National Indian Education Association.

Mr. White was a member of the American Academy of Political Science, the American Association of Political and Social Sciences and the American Civil Liberties Union.

He is survived by his wife, Julie Ahlman White, of the home in Arlington; his mother, Olga Fodor White, and a sister, Julie, both of Los Angleles, and a brother, George G., of Arlington.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy many be in the form of contributions to the American Kidney Fund in Bethesda.