I believe [that my wife and I] are unique in that the White nuclear family has enjoyed FIVE Fulbright awards of various types. My wife, Dr. Marjorie A. White, was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to Tampere, Finland in 1995; and a Teaching Fulbright to the University of Iceland in Reykjavik in the year 2000. Our son, David E. White, held a Student Fulbright in 1994 to study volcanology in Iceland. I myself, Dr. John White, have held two Fulbright awards.
The first, a Research Fulbright to Reykjavik in 1996 to study contemporary music of Iceland which resulted in a major book, New music of the Nordic Countries by John D. White et al. (Pendragon Press, New York and London, 2002, 635 pp.). This publication helped me to receive a Teaching Fulbright award at the University of Vienna in 2003-2004 where I was the Fulbright/University of Vienna Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences.
In Vienna I taught two lectures and a seminar in the famous Institut für Musikwissenschaft, but I also was sponsored by the Abteilung für Skandanavistik of Universität Wien. This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, for I was working in the Institut which had awarded advanced degrees to such world famous musicians as Anton Webern and many other distinguished musical scholars and composers. In retrospect, now in my mid 80's, I am extremely grateful to the Vienna Fulbright Office for having granted me such wonderful opportunities, not only at Universität Wien but also in experiencing the wonderful city of Vienna.
Dr. John D. White taught musicology at the University of Florida and was a US Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna in 2003–04.