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1935 - 2014

William L. White, M.D. (I ’65, HEM ’69)

William White died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, with his daughters around him.

He was a native of San Antonio, Texas, born to Edith and Edward White on Sept. 14, 1935. He graduated from Tulane University with degrees in math, chemistry and medicine. After training at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia and Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, he served in the U.S. Army in Korea and West Point. He joined the staff in the Department of Hematology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester in 1968 where he passionately cared for patients over the next 42 years. Outside of work, Bill was an excellent golfer and loved photography and traveling, making several trips to Israel.

He met Elaine Green of Minneapolis in 1965 and they were married five short months later on Feb. 6, 1966. The rest of their loving life together is well documented in the soon-to-be-published memoir entitled “A Green Married a White.”

Bill had many friends of long duration, and had a warm and engaging personality that endeared him to many people throughout his life. His wife, children, and grandchildren were the most important things in his life and he loved them to pieces.

He was the beloved husband of Elaine White; father of Rachel Yang (Kevin), Deborah White (David Pearlman) and Sarah White; and doting grandfather of Nathan and Oren Yang, and Noah and Evan Pearlman.

Bill’s most difficult job was being the primary caregiver for Elaine for the past three years, which he did with love, humility, and grace.

Contributions may be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration at theaftd.org.

Services were held today, Dec. 30, in Maryland.

Obituary courtesy of Post-Bulletin.