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Subject: CRYONICS.SCI ACS Suspends Jerry White
From:  (American Cryonics Soc)
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 94 01:08:24 PST

Sunnyvale California
February 14, 1994

Jerry White Suspended

On February 5, long-time cryonicist Jerry White, age 55,  was
pronounced dead and was suspended. Jerry (Jerome B.) had been
ill for many months with complications from the AIDS virus.

Jerry is one of the founders of the American Cryonics Society (ACS)
and served in various capacities as an officer and Governor,
or committee member for most of our history.

>From 1968 through 1982 and from 1990 through 1992 Jerry served on
our Board of Governors. He was society President from 1971
through 1982 succeeding Dr. M. Coleman Harris under which Jerry
served as Vice-President.  During his tenure as President he
undertook many tasks on our behalf including the arduous chore of
obtaining our non-profit tax exemption. He was frequently a guest
on television and radio talk shows promoting cryonics as well as
speaking to college and high school students and to clubs such as
the Rotary club and Mensa (Jerry was a Mensa member).

Jerry was also one of the founders of Trans Time, Inc. and
served on the Trans Time Board for many years.

He received a B.A. degree in Philosophy in 1966 from the
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. He continued his
education at the University of California at Berkeley where he
studied Computer Science and Education. Jerry was  especially
interested in the Psychology of Learning, programmed learning, and
computer-aided learning.

>From 1983 through 1992 Jerry was a lead designer for
Sterling Federal Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California
(Sterling Software). Sterling is a contractor to NASA Ames.
While at Sterling Jerry worked on a variety of NASA projects
including helping develop a computer program to analyze the
atmosphere of Mars and on a variety of programs connected with
the design of tilt-wing aircraft.

He also worked for the University of California, College of
Natural Resources; Honeywell Information Systems in San Francisco;
the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and the General Programmed
Teaching Corporation.

>From August 1957 through August 1959 Jerry was in the Navy
where he served in the combat-information center as watch-section
supervisor (radar) and as master-at-arms. He was honorably discharged
with Captain's commendation.

Like many other cryonicists Jerry had a wide range of interests.
He was a Lincoln scholar and collected over 500 books on
President Lincoln. (This collection has been given to ACS.)
He taught  himself to read and speak Russian in elementary school.
In addition to Russian, Jerry spoke and/or read German, Spanish,
French, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Modern Mongolian.
He was a student of comparative languages and language origins.

Jerry was an active member of the Libertarian party and a staunch
advocate of personal freedom.  He was also active in the Gay-rights
movement and AIDS causes. He did a number of newspaper interviews
wherein he discussed his disease and his cryonic suspension arrangements.

Here are some of his papers and conference presentations which
cryonicists will find of interest:

"Heat Flow in the Human Patient," Lake Tahoe Life Extension
Festival, 1985.

(panel member), "Memory and Identity," Lake Tahoe Life Extension
Festival, 1985.

"Varieties of Deathism," Lake Tahoe Life Extension Festival, 1985.

"Syneidetics and the Symbolic Logic of Psychology and Cognition,"
Institute for the Study of Consciousness, Berkeley, and Consciousness
Theory Group, San Francisco, 1977-79.

"Whitehead's Philosophy of Process," Institute for the Study of
Consciousness, Berkeley, 1978.

"Cryonics and Syneidetics," Cryonics Conference and Scientific
Congress, San Francisco, 1971.

"The Technology of Cryonic Suspension," Cryonics Conference and
Scientific Congress, San Francisco, 1971.

(publication) "Virus-Induced Repair of Damaged Neurons with
Preservation of Long-Term Information Content," Cryonics
Conference, Ann Arbor, 1969.

Jerry's suspension is the first ACS suspension by BioPreservation,
a southern California firm headed by Mike Darwin and Dr. Steve Harris.
Some of our people who trained under Mike using the suspension protocol
developed by Mike, Jerry Leaf, and others, participated in the standby
and suspension. This was also our first use of the emergency response
equipment which we purchased from BioPreservation in 1993.

The months of preparation and training helped to give Jerry a
first-class send-off. Cardiopulmonary support was started
immediately.  The treating physician was quickly on the scene
to pronounce and assist.  Total-body washout was initiated within
an hour and a half of pronouncement.  The detailed preparation by
ACS and BioPreservation, the dedication of our advising physician,
and the professionalism of our contract mortuary (within a few
miles of Jerry's home) all contributed to success.  It is the
opinion of Mike and others that this suspension compares favorably
to the best suspensions done to date.  Unlike so many other
suspensions there were no significant complications or unforeseen
problems.  A full technical report will be published at a later date.

Jerry was a strong advocate of neuro suspension and specified
that choice in his suspension paper-work. His wishes were followed.
Mr. White, with help from Jim Yount, and a local pathologist and
morticians, suspended the brain of Jerry's mother Susan, in 1992.
Later that year, Jerry and Jim, with the assistance of a
veterinarian, suspended the family cat, who is also a neuro.

The cool-down to liquid nitrogen temperature will be undertaken
early this week under the auspices of CryoSpan with long-term
storage in southern California.

A memorial service will be  held Sunday, March 6, 1994 at 2:00 p.m.
at Temple Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA.
You may phone the ACS office at 408 734-4200 for directions.

 (American Cryonics Soc)
SPECTROX SYSTEMS +1.408.252.1005  Cupertino, Ca

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