22 photographs : b&w and col. ; 16 x 10 cm and 7 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Accession consists of 22 copy photographs documenting the political and personal career of Philip White, former mayor of York, as well as one DVD entitled the Life of Philip White, produced by Knowledge Media Design Institute in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Several of the photographs also depict politicians such as Nathan Phillips, Phil Givens, Paul Godfrey, Pierre Trudeau, David Crombie, Bob Rae and Mel Lastman.
Philip Cecil White was a Jewish mayor of York, a borough of the pre-amalgamated Toronto, from 1970 to 1978. He was the longest serving mayor of the region since 1850. He was also a pharmacist and owned White's pharmacy with his brother Murray at Jane St. and St. Clair Ave. from 1950 to 1972.
Phil White was born in Toronto on October 23, 1923 to Harry and Sara (Steinhart) White, immigrants from Poland and Austria. He attended Harbord Collegiate and graduated from the University of Toronto in Pharmacy. He first served as alderman from 1959 to 1968, then as controller from 1968 to 1970 and again from 1982 to 1988. White was with partner Trudy Appleby from 1987 to 2013, following a first marriage to Helen Strachman from 1950 to 1978. He has four children, Bryon, Glenna, Lesley and Kevin. Philip White passed away on June 8, 2013.