Raymond J. White, Chevy Chase, Md., died Friday evening at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Md., after a brief illness. His beloved wife of 55 years is Barbara Dubyak White.
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Born in Warren, Ohio, on December 24, 1934, he was the son of the late Raymond Mason and Elaine Griffith White. Ray had an impressive career in journalism, but not before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps and proudly serving as an aerologist for three years. It was here where he met his future wife, Barbara, also a Marine. Ray attended Syracuse University, where he began his long journalism career at Syracuse Herald-Journal as a city room reporter. Soon after, Ray moved to Scranton with his wife and young daughter where he worked at WDAU-TV and WGBI-Radio as the principle on-air reporter covering Northeast Pa. In 1967, he became the Assistant News Director for WNEP-TV and also served as anchorman and reporter. With his wife and three young girls in tow, Ray moved onto WBAL-TV, Baltimore, where he served in numerous news production capacities, including anchorman and reporter, winning two Associated Press awards for editorial writing. From 1973-1975, Ray was the editorial director of WTOP TV and Radio in Washington D.C. In 1975-1976, he was selected for the prestigious Nieman Fellowship Award in Journalism and attended Harvard University. While there, he wrote and presented commentary on economics, politics and media matters for WGBH, Boston's public TV station. After his family's exciting year in Boston during the bicentennial, he returned to WTOP, where he was a commentator and producer, winning a regional Emmy as "Coordinating Producer" of a program on community problems in metro Washington. In 1979, he became the founding editor of the Washington Journalism Review, now known as the American Journalism Review, a magazine devoted to media and journalistic issues. From 1984-1986, Ray was the Washington Bureau Chief for Fox News. He then cofounded, produced and hosted InvestorVision, a stock research show and was also founding producer and reporter for MoneyWatch, Washington, D.C., a show which covered consumer, business and market issues. Remarkably, he also made time to pass on his professional experience as Adjunct Professor, American University-School of Communication, Washington, D.C., where he taught courses in reporting, news and editorial writing.
Ray was known to all as a renaissance man and an afficionado of great literature, politics and music, particularly jazz and the Great American Songbook. He was also a passionate baseball fan, especially of his hometown team, the Cleveland Indians. Most of all, Ray loved his family. His daughters remember him as a compassionate, intelligent man with a sharp sense of humor and a kind word for everyone. He was loved and admired by everyone whose lives he touched.
Along with his wife, Barbara, the "love of his life", Ray is survived by his two loving daughters, Leslie Streeter, Boston, Mass.; and Georgia Bachman and husband Sam, Oakton, Va. Ray has three grandchildren, Dana, Charles and Benjamin Bachman.
He was preceded in death by a beloved daughter, Danielle Elaine White, on June 1, 2011.
Ray was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Scranton.
His funeral will be held Monday, February 24, at 9:15 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union Street, Taylor, followed by services at 10:00 a.m. in St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Jefferson & Vine Sts., Scranton, by Rev. Nicholas Ferencz. Interment with military honors by the Marine Corps will follow in St. George's Orthodox Cemetery, Taylor.
Friends may call Sunday, February 23, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. To share a memory or express condolences, visit www.semiancares.com. Memorial contributions St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Vine & Jefferson Sts., Scranton, PA 18510.
Semian Funeral Home
704 Union St
Taylor, PA 18517
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 20, 2014