Carolyn Christine White, 78, of South Miami, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2021.
Carolyn was born Nov. 22, 1942, in Chicago, IL, to John Edward White, Sr., and Alice Ericksen White. Her father’s career with Sears brought the family to Miami in 1958.
A graduate of Palmetto High School and a 1965 cum laude graduate of the University of Miami, Carolyn majored in English and minored in art and art history. A member of the scholastic honoraries, Mortar Board and Delta Theta Mu, Carolyn was a sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma where she held leadership positions including scholarship chairman.
Upon graduation Carolyn joined the marketing department of First National Bank of Miami, which later became Southeast Bank. In 1991, she joined First Union National Bank in Ft. Lauderdale as vice president of community relations and marketing. In 1999, Carolyn returned to her alma mater where she served as director of public relations and special projects at UM’s internationally known School of Architecture until 2014.
Active in community life, Carolyn was president of the Spinster’s Club of Miami in the ‘60s, a member of the Junior League of Miami, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association, serving as newsletter editor for both of those latter organizations. In the early ‘90s she joined The Gold-Diggers, Inc., a theatrical group that supported the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America and the Food for Life Network. She was president of the organization from 1993-94, director of public relations for several years and always enjoyed performing in their annual charity show at Gusman Theatre in downtown Miami. She always considered herself a natural ham.
In additional to theatrical performance, Carolyn was a talented visual artist throughout her life and exhibited paintings in the Miami Lakes and Vizcaya art shows. She loved animals, both dogs and cats, and supported the Humane Society of Greater Miami North.
She is survived by her brother John White and his wife, Elizabeth Swaringen, of Pittsboro, NC.
Special thanks to Michelle, Faith and Dr. John Paul Diaz of the Miami Cancer Institute and the ICU staff in pulmonary critical care at South Miami Hospital for their superb medical expertise and exceptionally compassionate care.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Humane Society of Greater Miami North, 16101 W. Dixie Highway North, Miami Beach, FL, 33160, or to the animal protection service of your choice.
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