Suzan's Story

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Suzan Alikadi White died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at her residence in Ada.
She was born in Istanbul, Turkey, on Aug. 26, 1928, to Fazil and Fatma Alikadi. Suzan was first born, and siblings are brother Emal(d), sister Suna(d), brother Endir(d), and twin sisters Firuzan and Tuna.
Suzan and her family of origin endured poverty and hardships of many kinds. At the age of 10 Suzan received a life-changing scholarship to a boarding school, Istanbul Kandilli K?z Lisesi, from which she graduated at the age of 18.
Suzan pursued medicine and in 1954 received the M.D. diploma from the School of Medicine at the University of Ankara (Turkey), with specialties in psychiatry and Nneurology.
Also in 1954, Suzan fulfilled a dream to immigrate to the USA. After a brief internship in New Jersey, she began a residency in psychiatry and neurology at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. In 1960 the Iowa State Board of Medical Examiners granted her the license to practice as a medical doctor, which she did at the Iowa Hospital.
In the mid- and late 1950s Suzan helped her three sisters to immigrate to America and assisted them in starting their new lives. She is remembered as a generous and influential big sister.
In 1960 the former Suzan Alikadi married Charles Albert White Jr. in San Francisco. Charles was a former veterinarian and naval officer who had graduated from the University of Utah Medical School and was doing residency in obstetrics at the University of Iowa Hospital, where they met. In time Suzan took leave from her profession to be wife, mother and homemaker.
The children of Charles and Suzan are Craig White of Texas, Scott (Miriam) White of Ada and Jennifer "Missy" White of Lander, Wyoming. Suzan supported Charles in his long professional career through to his retirement from Louisiana State University in 1992. Suzan was life-long partner in marriage with Charles to the time of his death on April 27, 2007, in Kenner, Louisiana. In 1968, Suzan White became a naturalized US citizen.
Suzan loved the quality of life in the great college cities of Iowa City, Iowa, and Morgantown, West Virginia, and also gained a keen appreciation for metropolitan New Orleans, to which the family moved in 1980.
After years away from her profession, in the early 1980s Suzan undertook studies required for licensure as a psychiatrist in the state of Louisiana. In 1984 she passed her examinations and returned to work as a practicing physician, serving notably at the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital, where she helped children and youth in great need of support until her retirement in 1996.
In Kenner, Suzan enjoyed the warm companionship of many neighbors and friends, and in her retirement Suzan served as a docent at the New Orleans Museum of Art. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.
Her congregation of affiliation was John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Metairie, Louisiana. In 2013 Suzan relocated to Escanaba, Michigan, where her son Scott and family lived. In 2015 she relocated with Scott and family to Ada.
Suzan A. White, M.D., is survived by children Craig, Scott, and Missy; by daughter-in-law Miriam Kast White; by grandchildren Elliot Michael Kast White, Teresa Ilene White and Anthony James White; sby isters Firuzan (Richard) Wetherhed of Houston, Texas, and Tuna Finley of Maryland; and by nieces and nephews.
She is proud of her family, of her professional accomplishments and that she endured. As an 88-year-old she remarked, "What you have to do, you have to do, to survive."
The family is grateful to two outstanding physicians who cared expertly for Suzan in a holistic way in her later years: Dr. Elizabeth Wilson of Escanaba, Michigan, and Dr. JoAnn Carpenter of Ada.
Services celebrating and honoring the life of Suzan White will be held during an upcoming family reunion in Ada. Interment will be at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home in Metairie, next to Charles. The Smith-Phillips Funeral Home of Ada is assisting the family.
Published on July 7, 2017
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