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George M.  White
(1904-2002)

George M. White was born in Osborn, Missouri on November 10, 1904 (he said 1903...), the son of Chloe L. Frank and Frank V. White, a traveling salesman for a mercantile company. His family spent summers vacationing in Manitou Springs, Colorado beginning in 1908, until 1920 when they moved permanently to Colorado Springs.

In Manitou Springs his family always stayed at the Iron Springs Chateau, where owner J. G. Heistand's superb mineral collection was on display—It was that collection that inspired George to collect minerals himself. In 1916, when he was 12 years old, he purchased a box of 16 mineral specimens from W. C. Hart's Mineral and Curio Shop in Manitou Springs. After moving to Colorado permanently he met Willard W. Wulff, who became his field-collecting partner. During the course of his long lifetime George built a large and excellent collection of minerals. He was a charter member of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society, and a charter subscriber to the Mineralogical Record in 1970.

After graduating from Colorado Springs High School in 1923, he worked at numerous small businesses throughout the city for several years until he returned to school at Blair Business College to study business and accounting. His 60-year career as an accountant began when he joined Marcroft and Associates, one of the city's largest accounting firms. In the early years his firm worked with many of the mining companies in the Cripple Creek and Victor area. In 1938 George joined the firm of Williams and Kingsolver and became a partner in 1950 (later Kingsolver, White, Griffis and Jonson until 1969 when it merged with the national firm of Fox & Company, which merged in 1985 with Grant Thornton). George finally retired at the age of 83.

George had many hobbies and interests in addition to mineral collecting; he was a historian of the Pikes Peak Region and in the 1930s began to hike through the mountains taking photographs of old cabins, lodges, and mining sites. He interviewed many of the old pioneers from this region and recounted their stories when he gave talks to local groups. He became an excellent photographer and regularly used his photo collection to present illustrated historical lectures to local clubs and schools. He was also an avid collector of fine art by early Colorado and Western painters. He died at the age of 98 on December 4, 2002 in Colorado Springs.

References:
ANON. (2002) Obituary: George M. White. The [Colorado Springs] Gazette, December 11.
THOMPSON, J. D. (2001) Colorado collector George M. White: Pikes Peak Topaz. Rocka & Minerals, 76 (4), 222-226.
Missouri Marriage Record, 1805-2002.
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The Mineralogical Record - George M.  White George M. White, at the age of 95
The Mineralogical Record - George M.  White 36 x 74 mm; with original L. W. Stillwell kabel affixed. Obtained from F. E. Brown in 1944.
The Mineralogical Record - George M.  White 32 x 49 mm; obtained from (or in) "Custer" in 1935.
The Mineralogical Record - George M.  White 31 x 48 mm; acquired from Lazard Cahn in 1936
The Mineralogical Record - George M.  White 36 x 51 mm
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