Obituary of William White (1940-2022) – Ann Arbor, MI – | Start Classified

Bill White died surrounded by his family on July 16, 2022 after a long illness at the University of Michigan Hospital. Mr. White was born on September 17, 1940 in Beaumont, Texas and was named after his grandfather. His parents were James W. White and (1913-1997) and Dorothy Deffebach White (1913-2013).
He attended Beaumont public schools and played in junior and senior high school bands (trumpet, baritone, and tuba) and in the orchestra (bass violin). His first music teacher was the father of Harry James, a big band leader of the ’40s and ’50s. He was co-captain of the high school band. He also found time to play soccer for a few years in his junior and senior high schools. He was president of his junior class in high school. In 1959, Mr. White graduated second in his class from Beaumont High School.
He attended the University of Texas at Austin from 1959 to 1965, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Graduated with a BA in Mathematics in 1963 and an MBA in 1965.
He met Carolyn Ruth Coker at the University of Texas in 1960 and they married in Houston, Texas in 1964 and divorced in 1982.
He joined Mobile Oil Corporation in Dallas, Texas in August 1965, where he worked as a computer programmer.
In the spring of 1966, Mr. White enlisted in the US Army and received direct commission as a lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, and in 1968 he was promoted to captain. He was sent to the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he received an MS degree in operations research in September 1969. After graduating, he was stationed in Washington, DC for four years in the Army’s Office of the Surgeon General. In this task, he refined and programmed for the computer a method for predicting the flow of casualties through the various levels of the military medical system. This program was used for many more years. He also attended George Washington University during these years, completing courses for a doctorate in industrial engineering.
Mr. White left the Army in October 1973 and the family moved to Ann Arbor where he worked as an analyst for Vector Research, Incorporated. Vector Research later became part of the Altarum Institute. In his early years at Vector, he helped develop mathematical combat models and program them for the computer. He then managed many different information systems projects for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the US Army Medical Department.
He enjoyed playing tennis, skiing and golf for many years, but was never able to master them because the playing conditions were always poor. He attended the Toastmasters Club and the Ann Arbor Ski Club, taking classical guitar and recorder lessons. In the early 2000s he served on the boards of the Ann Arbor Recorder Society and the Ann Arbor Academy of Early Music. After his retirement, he took up the study of Spanish and Latin American history with an eye on travel.
In 2007 he seriously took up the study of photography. He became a member of the Professional Photographers of America and subsequently a certified professional photographer.
Bill is survived by a sister, Bettie White Nixon of Beaumont, Texas; a daughter, Adrienne White Tilton of Takoma Park, Maryland, and her husband Steve; a son, James Willerson White and his wife Carol Anne of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He leaves four grandchildren, Noah, Sophie, Alexander and Dorothy Tilton.
The family would like to thank the University of Michigan Hospital staff for their kind care of Bill and his family. Deep gratitude also goes to the staff at University Living, where Bill spent his last 18 months surrounded by loving kindness, good care and possibly his favorite delicious foods.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. with a meeting beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on his behalf to Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels by mail at 3621 S. State Street, Ste. 650, Ann Arbor MI, 48108 or online HERE.
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Published by Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service – Liberty Road Chapel on July 20, 2022.

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