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Next Alcor Board of Directors Meeting

The next Alcor Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Saturday December 8, 2012, at 11:00 AM (MST) at the Alcor facility, 7895 East Acoma Drive in Scottsdale, AZ. The public part of the meeting will be short, to allow in-depth board discussions. Members and the public may attend the public portion in which announcements will be made and questions taken from members and the public. Full public meetings in 2013 will those in January, March, May, July, September, and November.

The next full public Alcor Board of Directors meeting, to which members and the public are encouraged to attend, is scheduled for Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 11:00 AM (MST) at the Alcor facility, 7895 East Acoma Drive in Scottsdale, AZ.

Alcor’s 113th Patient

John Monts, A-1645, a neuro member of Alcor since January 1997, was declared clinically dead as of October 31, 2012 at age 68. He is Alcor’s 113th patient.

On the afternoon of Thursday November 1, 2012, several personnel at Alcor received a Telemed emergency call and text concerning member John Monts. (Mr Monts requested privacy prior to cryopreservation, but said his arrangements were public afterward.) Apparently Mr Monts traveled from his home in North Carolina for dental work in his previous neighborhood in South Carolina. Sometime on the evening of October 31, he was robbed. Sometime the following morning, he was found clinically dead in his hotel room. Time of death was estimated as around 11pm by the pathologist. Whether there was any connection between the robbery and his clinical death is not known to us, but the circumstances made this a coroner’s case.

The first we knew of any of this was at 2:08 pm on November 1. Max More immediately contacted one of Alcor’s attorneys who has assisted in the past when we faced a coroner’s case. While we pressed to limit the autopsy we also made arrangements for cooling to dry ice temperature and discussed options for transporting the patient back to Arizona intact or alternatively doing the neuro-separation on site. Aaron Drake spent considerable time talking to various people and departments at the Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston. Initially they seemed very willing to cooperate with limiting autopsy and allowing quick cooling to dry ice temperature, but a change of personnel led to complications. With our legal input, the coroner agreed to conduct a toxicology panel and external head examination while refraining from opening the skull and sectioning the brain. Mr Monts was then released to us on the condition that we conduct a CT scan of his brain and send the results to the coroner.

Aaron flew out to Charleston on November 4 to collect Mr Monts, who was now at dry ice temperature, buying us time. Aaron conducted the neuro-separation then, that evening, topped off the neuro shipper box with dry ice ready for shipment to Alcor the following morning. A medical emergency delayed the flight’s arrival, as it was diverted to El Paso. The patient arrived in Phoenix on November 7 and reached Alcor at 6:30 am. Cooldown to liquid nitrogen temperature began shortly after. It was noted that, on November 9, the dry ice neuro shipper still had some dry ice inside, confirming our previous tests.

Cryo vs. Chemo Discussion at Humanity+ Conference, San Francisco

Humanity+ will be holding a conference in San Francisco, December 1-2, 2012. Max More will be speaking on “Archiving the Brain’s Writing: Cryo or Chemo?” Among other Alcor members speaking are Aubrey de Grey, Natasha Vita-More, Todd Huffman, Christine Peterson, and Ben Goertzel. These and many more speakers will discuss aspects of “Writing the Future.”

Southern California Annual CryoFeast and Networking Event

Meet up with old friends or make some new ones. You might even meet the perfect person to collaborate with on a project. If you attended the Alcor-40 2012 Conference you know how important it is that we all try to keep in touch as often as we can with our fellow Cryonicists. Events like our annual CryoFeast are a great way to keep our community together. If could not make it to the Alcor-40 conference- all the more reason to attend the CryoFeast and meet Alcor CEO, Max More.

Alcor members, their family and friends are all welcome. We hope you can join us to kick off the holiday season and we look forward to seeing you!

Date: Saturday November 17th
Time: 5:00 PM to 10 PM
Location: The Colony at Fashion Island (inside the clubhouse)
5000 Colony Plaza Newport Beach, CA (note that The Colony is just across the street from Fashion Island…an upscale mall in Newport Beach)

Remember, this will be a POT LUCK so please bring a dish to share and your favorite beverage. Try to bring a tasty but healthy dish (and if you bring something that needs to be heated, we have an oven there to warm it up.) You’re welcome to bring GUESTS….the more the merrier! But please ask each person to bring a dish and something they wish to drink.

There is a guarded GATE. Tell the attendant that you are coming to the party in the clubhouse. If your name is on the list he’ll let you in (so make sure to RSVP with your name and any guest’s names). Please RSVP to Kat Cotter ( or if you have any questions.