Case Report for A-1546
A-1546 was born in Raton, New Mexico, a city just south of the Colorado-New Mexico border, on November 26th, 1938. Known as ‘Bucky’, he served with honor in the US Coast Guard, and then attended the Colorado School of Mines to become a land surveyor. He was a husband, father, grand-father and was married to his wife for 41 years.
A-1546 possessed a brilliant and analytical mind, had a keen sense of humor and an unquestionable personal ethic. A member of Mensa, he eagerly embraced technological innovation, and was a vocal proponent of future developments.
A-1546 became a member of Alcor in 1995. His health declined in his early 70′s from metastatic gastric cancer and his clinical death occurred at 5:20 PM on November 9th of 2011, at his home in Kirkland, WA. This case report will be published to Alcor’s website shortly.
Public Education & Media
Alcor has conducted 4 tours this past month with a total of 37 attendees. This included two separate tours for a local college’s medical ethics course where students could learn and discuss the various aspects of postmortem directives, anatomical donations, interactions with medical providers and cooperation from relatives.
Another tour was provided for Dr. Jaime Lagunez from Cuernavaca, Mexico who is the Scientific Director of the American Association of Cryopreservation. As a human rights activist, he strongly supports cryonics as a personal choice and is working to promote the continued development of the science throughout Spanish speaking nations.
During 2011, there were a total of 61 tours given for 246 attendees. Groups included Arizona State University, Ottawa University, Glendale Community College, Tucson Unified School District, Bryman College, Barry Aaron’s office, TEDMED and the World Futurist Society. International visitors came from Finland, Russia, China, Italy and Mexico.
Medical Event Tracking
During the month of December, 7 Alcor members that had either some type of surgery or significant medical procedure performed that we tracked. Some events were planned and others were urgent. Either way, we are pleased that members are being proactive and alerting us prior to events occurring.
A typical scenario involves receiving a call from an individual about an upcoming procedure. Two forms are often provided to the individual – one that allows them to input all of the specifics of their surgery/procedure including date, time, location, surgeon, contacts, etc, – and the other form they give to their medical providers that articulates the purpose of their directives and requests specific action in the event of a clinical death. Occasionally, calls will be made to the medical providers, at the request of the member, to answer specific questions physicians and/or administrators may have. Alternatively, if a procedure is urgent and there is no time for this process, the information is recorded and disseminated to the deployment committee for evaluation.