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WHITE, JAMES CARL - passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013, at Shannondale Health Care Center, Maryville. He lived a full and fruitful 91 years and was healthy and productive until shortly before his passing. Jim was born on March 1, 1922, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the late Arthur Benjamin and Elsie Windhorst White. As the son of Scottish and German immigrants, he was expected to follow in his father's footsteps and work as a baker after high school, but Jim chose a different path and attended college at Indiana University, earning a bachelor of science degree, and moving on to graduate school at Ohio State University, earning a master's of science degree. While at Ohio State, Jim met Mary Louise Frechtling, who would be his wife of 65 years. After serving in the U.S. Army as 1st lieutenant during World War II, Jim returned to Ohio where he and Mary were married on September 7, 1946. He went on to earn his PhD in chemistry in 1950, and began his career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, residing in Oak Ridge, TN, and relocating to Knoxville in 1953. Jim's career with Union Carbide Corporation's Nuclear Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory began as a chemist in the Analytical Division, and he subsequently was named section chief of the division, assistant director of research and development, and associate director before becoming division director in 1972. Jim was very involved in organizations within his chosen field as well as outside of it. He was a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemists and served as the secretary of the Analytical Division of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and as chairman of the American Chemical Society, Analytical Chemistry Division. He was involved with the United Way at ORNL, serving as the Chairman in 1973, and endowed scholarships at Indiana University and Pellissippi State Community College. Jim was the loving and supportive parent to his and Mary's four children, who survive him along with their spouses and children: Andy, his wife Betsy, his son Drew, and her son Stephen; Jim, his wife Kris, their daughter Molly, their son and daughter-in-law Tyler and Diane, and Tyler's son, Kaden; Terry, her husband Hart Dillard, who precedes Jim in death, their son and daughter-in-law Chip and Margaret, and their daughter Erin; and Tom, his wife Beth, their sons Zach and Henry, and their daughter Mary Stewart. Jim is also survived by his brother Dick and his wife Pat of Indiana, and was a favorite to the friends and extended family of all of his children, the source of many fond and unforgettable memories. As an avid and skilled golfer, Jim recorded five holes in one and enjoyed playing the game until 2007. He was an enthusiast of many other sports, especially bowling, and a devoted supporter of Indiana and Ohio State basketball and football. He was well-traveled, both through his professional associations and for pleasure, and spent time in countries all over the world, mentioning Perth, Australia, as his favorite. Jim was a longtime member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Knoxville and served in many areas of church life. After moving to Shannondale Retirement Center in 2007, Jim kept up his strong sense of involvement by joining the resident association and contributing to life in the community in many ways. Jim was a "larger than life" man who will be missed most sorely by all who knew and loved him. He never met a stranger, and he touched more lives than he even knew. Many sincere thanks go to the staff at Shannondale who cared for him in his last days, tending to his comfort with constant attention to preserving his sense of dignity. A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Messiah Lutheran Church with Pastor Eric Murray officiating with Entombment following in the Church Columbarium. Military Honors will be presented by the Tennessee National Guard. Memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

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Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel
6200 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 588-8578
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2013
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