Tues., Feb. 1, 1966

Dr. Joel J. White Dies; Retired Navy Admiral

Dr. Joel J. White, retired rear admiral with the U.S. Navy and former commanding officer of Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston, a native of Nashville, died Monday at the hospital after a lengthy illness.

Graveside services with full military honors will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery,

Dr. White, a. son of the. Late Josiah S. and Clara Harris White, was a brother or Albert A. White of 1230 McChesney Ave.

He was reared in Nashville and received his M D. Degree from Vanderbilt. University in 1916. He served his Internship at St. Thomas Hospital here before entering the Navy in 1917.

In that same year, he was married to the former Miss Virginia Armistead, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Armistead of Nashville. She survives.

The Whites made their home in Cambridge, Mass.

Mrs. White's brother, Elbert C. Armistead, lives at 2001 Woodmont Blvd.

Serving in both world wars, Dr . White was chief flight surgeon for the Navy from 1930 to 1944. He served as commanding officer of the Chelsea Naval Hospital from 1947 until his retirement in 1949.

Prior to that, Dr. White organized and commanded Base Hospital No. 3 In the Solomon Islands during the Guadalcanal campaign of World War II and was awarded the Legion of Merit for service there.

For three years, from 1920 to 1923, he was public health officer of South Haiti during the naval occupation. Later he was Chief of medical service at the Naval Hospital In Philadelphia.

During his tour of duty as the Navy's chief flight surgeon, Dr. White developed a carbon monoxide indicator which was considered by the Collier Trophy Committee as the outstanding advancement In aviation In 1931.

He had been on the faculties of the Naval Medical School in Washington, D.C., and Georgetown University and was assigned for 15 months of special post-graduate study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

After his retirement from the service, Dr. White served as director of the Duval Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., from 1954 to 1958.

From 1950 to 1951 he was director of the Nashville Regional Red Cross Blood Center. He left

Nashville in November 1951, to become medical director at St. Mary's Hospital in Knoxville. He resigned that post In 1954 to accept the position in Florida.

Surviving, beside his wife and brother, are one daughter, Mrs. Virginia White Fitz, wife of Col.

H. Carlton Fitz. of the West Point Military Academy; two sons, Robert W. White, area representative of General Motors Acceptance Corp., Brunswick, Ga., and Dr. Harrison H. White, associate professor of sociology at Harvard University, and 9 grandchIldren.