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WASHINGTON, D.C. Colonel Donald J. White, USAF Retired, a resident of Washington, D.C. and Terra Alta, W.Va., passed away on Nov. 30, 2016.
Col. White was the son of Charlie White, Jeffersonville, Ind. and the late Darlene Zimmer Threatte, Westminster, formerly of Prince George's County. Col.
White is survived by his wife, Karen Moore White of Terra Alta, formerly of Cumberland; mother-in-law, Joyce Yarnall Eisler of Cumberland; sisters, Susan Hood and husband, John, Charlene White, and Sharon White Kirkpatrick. Col. White was a loving father to his daughters, Emily Oakley and her husband, Mike, Morgan Garzini and her husband, Robert, Sarah Cornell and her husband, Jonathan; and his step daughter, Mary-Margaret Chaffee. He is also survived by grandsons, nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and a great niece.
Col. White was a 1971 graduate of Bishop McNamara High School. He then attended Frostburg State College graduating with honors in 1975. He was later inducted into the Bobcat Hall of Fame for his four year football achievements. While at Frostburg, he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma Men's National Social Fraternity serving as president of his fraternity for two terms and continued his fraternal relationship as an active member of Sigma Tau Gamma, Beta Pi Alumni Association. He was currently working on Medal of Honor Captain James H. Graham Memorial Project at the time of his passing. Col. White received his Master's Degree of Physiology from Kent State University in 1978.
Col. White entered the Air Force by direct commission in 1984 and completed the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine Aerospace Physiology officer training course in 1984. He was a High Altitude Low Opening and Static Line Master Parachutist with over 4,500 parachute deployments. As a human factors and human performance consultant, he participated on 14 Class A Safety Investigation Boards, 2 Accident Investigation Boards, and 4 Medical Incident Investigation Boards. He was also selected as a human factors, crew survivability, and life science investigator for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.
Col. White was inducted into the USAF Safety Hall of Fame in June 2012.
Colonel White was an active contributor to a variety of professional journals,a consultant,a mentor, and an advisor within the aerospace community, as well as the Frostburg State University community. After retirement, Col. White was an assistant football coach for Kingsman Academy Public Charter School and the King Greenleaf Recreation Center both in Washington, D.C.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Oct. 5, 2017, at 3 p.m., followed by a Celebration of his life at the Ft. McNair Club, Washington, D.C. from 5 till 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to The Capt, James H. Graham Memorial Project, in care of Sigma Tau Gamma, Beta Pi Alumni Association, POB 242, Boyds, Maryland 20841
Funeral arrangements were made by Greg Rinehart, Murphy Funeral Home, Arlington, Va.
Published on September 23, 2017
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