However, we experienced a major computer crash just a few days ago, so many of the materials (books, papers, articles and videos) that I had hoped to include in this update will have to wait until a later update after our computer issues are resolved. Here is the Update Table of Contents: It is hard for me to believe that 40 years have gone by since our team was given the unprecedented privilege to perform an in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud of Turin in 1978.Of course, it also brings with it the sadness of knowing that so many of our team members have passed away in the ensuing years.He is survived by Mary Whanger, his wife of 63 years and a noted Shroud scholar in her own right.He was best known for applying a polarized light overlay technique to compare the Shroud image to images on ancient artworks and coins.It is with the deepest sadness that I must report the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Diana Andry Fulbright, 75, on November 24, 2017, peacefully in her sleep at her home near Richmond, Virginia.Our sincerest thanks to Bryan Walsh for informing us the next morning.Here is the link to A Tribute to the STURP Team - 1978-2008, which runs just under 15 minutes.Watch for more important STURP information in every future update this year.
Since then, I have relied on her good judgment and valuable input on a regular basis.In fact, ten years ago, to celebrate our 30th anniversary, I created a special tribute video that was shown at the 2008 Columbus, Ohio Shroud Conference.Even sadder, since I produced that video, several more team members have passed, so their names are not included in the memorial at the end of the tribute.On one occasion when I was in Jerusalem with the ESSJ expedition Alan tracked me down and asked me to conduct botanical experiments on his behalf with flowers in a tomb complex.I also sourced for him the mighty botanical encyclopaedia of the Middle East.In commemoration of that historic event, we will be celebrating the anniversary year with some special materials in each of our regular updates and culminating with a Special STURP Update on October 8, 2018, 40 years to the day that we began our examination of the Shroud in 1978.This update also brings you nine more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, word of a special youth Shroud exhibition approved by Pope Francis in August 2018, memorials for several departed Shroud scholars and much more.Each item carries a posting date indicating when it first went online.The most recent update appears at the top of the page.He was a true gentleman and held his colleagues in high regard, even when they disagreed with some of his more controversial conclusions. "As a surviving member of the "Turin Shroud Crowd" of the same generation as Alan Whanger I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him over a period of nearly forty years.Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. I visited Alan's home in Durham on a number of occasions where we discussed and studied his Shroud related research in his impressive basement studio filled with Shroud materials.