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THE HEART OF A CHAMPION: Austin Theo McWhite

Celebrating the life of

Second Lieutenant Austin Theo McWhite

U.S. Army (Combat Engineer)

(28 June 1995 - 16 July 2018)


Austin Theo McWhite was born in Orlando, Florida, on June 28, 1995, to a loving family, one that lived and breathed his favorite motto, “Let your dreams take flight.” Austin’s parents, Theo and Sha’ron McWhite, both secondary school educators with combined service careers surpassing seven decades, instilled in their children the value of education. Both Austin and his elder sister, Saudia George, completed university studies. In keeping with his family’s tradition, Austin earned his Bachelor of Science in Flight Aviation Studies from the University of Dubuque in Iowa in May 2017. Saudia holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Services-Health Care Management, awarded by Walden University in 2019. Dr. George was determined to finish her doctorate as a tribute to her little brother.


Austin’s father taught and coached him from Little League baseball, through middle and high schools. He attended Dr. Phillips High School and Wekiva High School, located in Orlando and Apopka, Florida, respectively. His father, now retired from the Orange County Public School System (OCPS), shared that some of his most treasured memories of Austin include those years of driving to work with his son, teaching him during the school day, coaching him after school, and then returning home at day’s end.



VBD Magazine is deeply honored to share Austin’s incredible journey. In our exclusive interview with Mr. and Mrs. McWhite and Dr. George, they recounted many heartfelt stories about Austin, along with his amazing accomplishments. As anticipated, our conversation was intensely emotional yet inspiring. We stand with the McWhites as they remember and celebrate Austin’s remarkable life and legacy.


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