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Dr Orson Wayne White

Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 13 Apr 1993 (aged 66)
Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot V_294_6
Memorial ID 151658 · View Source
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The Deseret News
Thursday, April 15, 1993

Orson Wayne White, M.D., age 66, died Tuesday, April 13, 1993, of heart disease with acute cardiac failure, at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. A native of Salt Lake City, Dr. White was a prominent eye physician and surgeon.

Born September 12, 1926 in Salt Lake City to Vivian P. and Laura McDonald White. He attended Webster School, Stewart Junior High School, East High School, University of Utah, Harvard University, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass. He interned at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, 1948-49. His residency was at the University of California Hospital, San Francisco, 1950-53.His college awards included Phi Eta Sigma, 1943; the Annual Quinn Award Chemistry, 1943; scholarship in wrestling and Intramural Wrestling Championship, 1944.

He served at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Newport, Rhode Island from 1949 to 1950 and the U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanomo, Cuba, as Chief of Ophthalmology from 1955 to 1957. He retired as Lieutenant, USNR.

He was a member in the Salt Lake County Medical Society, Utah State Medical Society, American Medical Society, Utah State Medical Society, American Medical Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Pacific Coast Oto-Opthalmological Society, Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society, National Society to Prevent Blindness, Flying Physicians, Quiet Birdmen, and the Cottonwood Country Club. He was a member of the LDS Church.

His academic appointments held included Instructor of Ophthalmology, University of California, SFO 1953; Department of Surgery/Ophthalmology, University of Utah; Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Utah; Chairman, Division of Ophthalmology, University of Utah, 1968-70.

He served as student body president, Stewart Junior High, President, Utah Ophthalmological Society, 1958; established and headed the Utah Eye Bank, 1955, where he initiated donor surgery and corneal transplantation in Utah. He co-established the Optic Aids Clinic of Utah and was chairman of the Profession Advisory Committee, National Society to Prevent Blindness, Utah, 1962-64. He was council member, program chairman, Vice-President, President-Elect, President, and guest of honor to the Pacific Coast Oto-Ophthalmological Society and was President of the Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society, 1969-70.

He was chairman, Division of Ophthalmology at the following hospitals - Latter-day Saints Hospital, 1955-63; Primary Children's Hospital, 1955-59; University of Utah, 1968-70; and Holy Cross Hospital, 1978-80.

He authored numerous publications and articles and his lectures and presentations were enjoyed by all in attendance.

In 1955, he married Dora Deyo in Salt Lake City. They are the parents of two children, Laurie and Wayne. His loves and interests included flying, scuba diving, boating, fly fishing, and most of all, his family.

He is survived by his wife, Dora; daughter, Laurie and her husband Michael McRae; and two adoring grandsons, Michael Wayne McRae and Robert Orson McRae. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother V. Parley White; and son, Orson Wayne White, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 17th, at 12 noon, East Millcreek Stake Center, 3103 East 3600 South. Friends may call at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Friday evening 6-8 pm, and at the Ward on Saturday, 11-11:45 a.m. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Orson Wayne White (12 Sep 1926–13 Apr 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 151658, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .