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Sidney George White

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Sidney George White, MD died on September 6, 2015. He was a major force in the development of a medical community in the West San Fernando Valley. He was born to Russian immigrant parents in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles where he learned to play tennis and became a Junior Ranked player and later a member of UCLA's tennis team. He attended Fairfax High School, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UCSF medical school. He was a licensed physician by age 24 and the father of four sons by age 28. As part of his medical training, he became a hematology researcher and co-discovered Blood Factor 9, discovering Hemophilia B. During the Korean War, he served as a Major in the Air Force at Bitburg Germany's Military Hospital. Following the war he continued his love for flying as part of general aviation, helping to develop and then piloting "Sundancer" then the fastest bi-plane in Reno Air Race history. The plane is now property of the San Diego Aerospace Museum. Dr. White flew airplanes, played tennis and practiced Internal Medicine for 50 years. He was one of the developers of the first medical building in the West San Fernando Valley and West Hills Medical Center where he served as Chief of Staff. He continued his love for flying by co-developing the use of the nasal oxygen cannula for general aviation pilots, that was approved by the FAA for use in general aviation. While still practicing medicine full time he worked building a "Glasair III" Home Built airplane. He was a physician consultant for the Voyager Project (around the world on one tank of gas) developing their oxygen system. His equipment and the Voyager are in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Dr. White died after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease at age 93. He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Mitzi; sons: Geoffry, Neal, Rory, Rush (Barbara); step-children: Stuart Block and Jennifer Bennett; and 9 grandchildren: Lauren, Eric, Megan, Jared, Ivy, River, Ruby, Ethan and Jeremy.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 15, 2015
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