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Thomas A. White


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Thomas A. White Obituary
May 13, 1942 - November 3, 2017 Thomas A. (Tom) White, quintessential gentleman, real estate developer, and longtime Balboa Island, CA, resident, passed away November 3, 2017 in Newport Beach, CA. He was born in Burbank, CA, where he went to Burbank High School. He attended California State University, Northridge, majoring in Finance and Accounting. He later received his Executive MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. During his time in Chicago, Tom worked as Senior Vice President for Homart Development and later for Arthur Hill and Company, a major mixed use developer. He was also a Principal at T.A. White and Associates. A Captain in the U.S. Army, Tom received the Army Commendation Medal. While in college, Tom travelled the world on one of the very first Semester at Sea journeys. Tom was past president of Hoag Hospital's '552' Club. He was highly involved in the Newport Center United Methodist Church in Corona del Mar, CA, the same church his grandfather-in-law, Dr. Harry W. White, had been a minister of when it was located on Balboa Island. In addition to acting as finance chairman, he also was an active member of the church choir. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed boating and travel. He skied, played tennis, loved to challenge anyone to a game, and was the number one fan of his grandchildren's sports and activities. He was a pensive observer with an omnipotent presence. Tom's greatest joy was his extended family, children, and grandchildren. He is survived by brothers Bill (Karen) and Steve (Miha), sisters Joan Basore and Ginny Leck (Jake), as well as many nephews and nieces. He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Kathy, his sons Kevin and Brian (Nadia), his daughter Amy Stefano (Robert), and his grandchildren Opal, AJ, Violet, Owyn, Maggie and Bode. A Celebration of Life will take place on 12/2 at 1:00 at Newport Center United Methodist Church.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2017
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