Carol M. White, who worked for then-Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) for 21 years until she retired as his chief of staff in 2002, died Oct. 21 at her home in Summit Point, W.Va. She was 66.

The cause was brain cancer, said her husband, George White.

Mrs. White moved to Washington in 1981 and began working for Stevens. She held a variety of positions before becoming chief of staff in 2000.

She promoted physical education and helped secure passage of the Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Act, which provides grants for school and community physical education programs. The program was renamed in Ms. White’s honor in 2001.

After her retirement in 2002, Ms. White moved to Summit Point and became co-owner of Last Frontier Farm, a horse-training facility.

Carol Anne Martin was born in New London, Conn., and was a 1968 graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She received a master’s degree in romance languages and literature from the University of Washington in 1972.

Early in her career, she was a teacher in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Later, she was press secretary for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, a development director for a public radio station in Alaska and an administrative director for a senior citizens center in Kodiak, Alaska, before moving to Washington.

She was a former board member of the state League of Women Voters in Alaska and was treasurer of the Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association in Lorton, Va. She also served on the board of Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County and was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Md.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, retired Coast Guard Capt. George White of Summit Point; two children, Timothy White of San Diego and Sharon White of Summit Point; and a brother.

— Megan McDonough