Tuesday, November 15, 2011

BULLETIN: US Judge George White, 1931-2011

George W. White, retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Cleveland, died Nov. 12, at age 80.

White’s steely backbone and incisive mind were encased in an affable personality, features that helped him become the court's first African American judge in 1980 and first black chief in 1995. The judge was in his third term as a Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge when President Carter nominated him on May 23, 1980. 

Judge White assumed senior status at the Court in 1999.

White was born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania on May, 6 1931. He graduated from Baldwin Wallace College (1951) and Cleveland Marshall College of Law (1955).

From 1964 to 1968 he served as a councilman in the Lee-Harvard area, representing what was then Ward 13.

Judge White’s wife of 52 years, Lillian and son Steven, both predeceased him. He is survived by a son David (Myra Jackson) a daughter, Lori White Laisure (Daryl), and five grandchildren.

Services will be held at Antioch Baptist Church, 8869 Cedar Avenue, Cleveland this Saturday, November 19 at 11am. A wake will precede the service.  Calhoun Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


• Calhoun Funeral Home, 17010 Lake Shore Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44110-1018 216.738.0300 www.calhounfuneral.com

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