James Michael, 78, died peacefully July 17 in Portland from causes related to a stroke he suffered in 2009. There will be a funeral Mass Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. at All Saints Church.
Mr. White was born in Chicago to James and Kathryn White, and graduated from St. Clare of Montefalco elementary and De La Salle High School where he was known for his basketball hook shot. Mr. White received the Mayor Daley Youth of the Year Scholarship which enabled him to attend and graduate from University of Notre Dame before earning his MBA from Ohio State.
Mr. White and his first wife Eileen traveled to Oregon where Mr. White began his career as a professor at Oregon State University, followed by working for Price Waterhouse; Dant and Suran; and the University of Portland as a professor for more than 14 years.
Mr. White spent years leading Center for Professional Education seminars for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oregon and Washington Societies of Certified Public Accountants. He received many distinguished awards throughout his career. Mr. White was a founding member of the Central Catholic Friends of Fine Arts, and spent many years as a volunteer at All Saints School and Church. Mr. White enjoyed volunteering with the Safeway Classic and traveling by train.
Mr. White had the gift of gab and loved entertaining an audience with infamous stories. He will always be remembered for his quick wit, intellectual sense of humor and his love of newspapers.
Mr. White was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Patrick; and grandson, Dominic.
He is survived by his wife, Dona; children, Maura, Michael and Meghan; step-daughter, Amy (Juan Gomez); grandchildren, Angelo, Anthony, Andreas, Nicholas, Annamarie, Sofia and Javier; sisters, Sharon Ryan and Maureen Dalton; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces/nephews.
The family is thankful for the care provided by Laurelhurst Village, Gracelen Terrace and Providence Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to University of Portland, Oregon Humane Society or Mother & Child Education Center.