John C. White, 76, a Washington lawyer for nearly 45 years, died March 27 in the North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he was being treated for cancer.

Mr. White was born in Kyle, Tex. He earned bachelor's, master's and law degrees at the University of Texas, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

He came to Washington in the mid-1920s, and earned a doctoral degree at the old Robert Brookings Graduate School.

Mr. White began practicing law in Washington in 1927, specializing in administrative and tax law. In 1971, he retired from the firm of Fulbright & Jaworski.

He was the first vice president and president-elect of the Camellia Society of the Potomac Valley, and was an area director of the American Camellia Society. He was treasurer of the Potomac Valley chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret K., of the home in Falls Church; three sons, Dr. Douglas R., of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Dr. Martin K. and John C. C., both of Lexington, Mass.; two daughters, Jean W. Cole, of Lexington, and Martha W. Keister, of Ossining, N.Y.; four brothers, Barrier, of Belton, Tex., Todd R., of Brownwood, Tex., Dr. Martin M., of Lexington, Ky., and F. Woodson, of Fort Worth, Tex.; a sister, Bon Jean, of Belton, and 12 grandchildren.