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2     WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3 learn of the death of Dr. John "Rocky" White of Decatur, who
4 passed away on January 18, 2010; and
5     WHEREAS, Dr. John White served as chairman of the
6 Department of Surgery at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur and
7 served on the hospital's board of directors; his career at St.
8 Mary's began on July 21, 1990 and included the role as
9 president of the hospital's medical staff from 2006 to 2008; in
10 addition to his position at St. Mary's, he provided trauma
11 surgical care to several area hospitals, including Decatur
12 Memorial, Pana Community Hospital, John Warner Hospital in
13 Clinton, and the Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana; he
14 was also the founder of Surgical Specialists of Central
15 Illinois and established offices for the organization in
16 Decatur and Champaign; and
17     WHEREAS, Dr. John White was a member of numerous
18 professional medical societies and was elected to consecutive
19 terms as president of the Macon County Medical Society; and
20     WHEREAS, Dr. John White took particular interest in his
21 role on the WSOY-AM (1340) radio program "Health Styles" with
22 host Kelly Hazenfield; he never missed a Tuesday evening show



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1 and enjoyed fielding listeners' questions about present and
2 future medical procedures; and
3     WHEREAS, Dr. John White participated in the "Real Men Wear
4 Pink" campaign to support breast cancer awareness every October
5 for several years; and
6     WHEREAS, Dr. John White was an avid private pilot who
7 volunteered his airplane and pilot services to Kansas
8 City-based Angel Flight Central and Air Lifeline Pilots in
9 Peoria; he was an active member of the Decatur community and
10 was an avid supporter of Little League baseball; and
11     WHEREAS, Dr. John White was preceded in death by his
12 father, the Honorable John L. White, and his mother, Theresa M.
13 White, Ph.D.; and
14     WHEREAS, Dr. John White is survived by his wife, Leslie
15 (nee Fenner); his son, John "Jack" White; his sister, Joyce
16 (Smith); his brother, Joseph (Christine); his brothers-in-law,
17 Earl (Faith), Ray (Barbara), and Brian; and his many nieces and
18 nephews; and
19     WHEREAS, Dr. John White will be remembered by all who knew
20 and loved him as a wonderful and dedicated doctor who devoted
21 great time and energy toward helping others; therefore, be it



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2 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
3 his family and friends, the passing of Dr. John "Rocky" White;
4 and be it further
5     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
6 presented to the family of Dr. John White as an expression of
7 our sympathy.