Friday, March 4, 2011

[tt] [ExI] Robert Bradbury update

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From: David Lubkin <lubkin@unreasonable.com>
Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 09:10:47 -0500
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Subject: [ExI] Robert Bradbury update
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I got email this morning from David Kekich, who'd been in touch with one of
Robert's brothers, and then a return phone call from another of them.
(There are three; I'd misspoke.) I had a long conversation with his
brother, who left it to me to gel down.

Robert did indeed die on Sunday, at his parents' winter home in Florida. Of
a brain aneurysm. He basically fell, and died. There was a coroner's
report; blood work is coming. There are clues developing to what led to it.
Tragically, his 86 year old father found him.

He will be cremated. We did discuss cryonics. His brother was aware of his
prior interest, knew it had waned, and did not know of suspension
arrangements.

There will be a memorial service in the Boston area some time after
winter. Robert was down there helping look after his mom, who has not been
well. The date of the service will depend on when she's up for the trip.
They welcome the attendance of his friends, so we should have enough notice
for people who want to fly in or drive up.

I'll orchestrate an extropian gathering in conjunction with this, before or
after the service with his family.

He hadn't known of Robert's involvement with Kurzweil or Amara's planned
obituary. He was pleased.

Speaking on behalf of his family, he authorized the use of any of the
photos Robert had on the web for obituaries, tributes, etc. That would
include photos from his web site and his profiles on Orkut, LinkedIn,
Facebook, etc.

No papers or files will be destroyed. He supports our desire to preserve
Robert's work indefinitely.

There's a practical way we may be able to be of help. All Robert's stuff is
on a UNIX box, and they haven't been able to figure out the password.
Presumably we and our friends can find a way in if anyone can. I offered we
could try; they'll ask if it's down to that. (For that matter, I offered
that if there was any way at all we could help them, they should ask.)

I'll aggregate and pass along anything you want to share with the family,
electronic or physical. Put "Bradbury" in the subject line. If you want to
mail me something, email me for the address.


-- David.

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