Dr. Charles Carman White was born on the 12th of May 1898 in Raleigh Twp. His parents Sylvester White and the former Hannah Manning were farmers on the 10th concession, lot 18. Dr. White was the 6th of 8 children and his siblings were Frank, Harry, Leroy, Morley, Fred, Willard and Grace. Dr. White was a member of the Royal Flying Corps during World War I. After the death of his father, his mother moved to 78 West Street in Chatham. According to the 1921 Census, Dr. White resided with his mother and he was a medical student. Dr. White attended The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and graduated M.B. in 1924. Dr. White interned at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo. In 1925, Dr. White opened his first medical practice in Bettsville, Ohio.
On the 5th of September, 1925 he married Margaret “Iniz” Roach in Chatham. She was born on the 29th of March, 1894, in Chatham the daughter of Tunis Washington Roach and the former Margaret Elizabeth Scott. Her siblings were Manson, Melville, Flossie and Harry and according to the 1911 census, she resided at 167 Adelaide Street.
Dr. and Mrs. White had two sons, Gordon Stuart White who was born on the 5th of March, 1928 and Hubert Carman White who was born on the 6th of June, 1932.
Dr. White remained in Ohio for three years, before returning to Chatham to establish a family medicine practice. At the beginning of his medical career in Chatham, Dr. White was involved in Chatham’s two nursing schools, where he instructed a variety of courses.
Dr. White served as the Secretary, and also President of the Kent County Medical Society. He was also heavily involved in the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). In 1941, Dr. White was elected as a Councillor to the OMA. He served as Chairman from 1945-1946. The following year, Dr. White was the President-Elect of the OMA, and in the 1947-1948 term, he was named President of the OMA. In addition, he served a term as Chief of Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital. According to the 1941 Shepherds City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. White’s office was located in the Hicks Building at “Memorial Square”.
Dr. White had an article entitled, “Spinal Anaesthesia In Obstetrics” published in November of 1953 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, (Volumn 69).
Tragically, on the 5th of May, 1963, Dr. and Mrs. White were involved in a car accident. Mrs. White died at the scene and Dr. White died on the 15th of May, 1963, as a result of his injuries. They are buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
*Dr. Charles Carman White also appears on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.
**His son, Dr. Hubert Carmen White is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.