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Crispino, Dorothy (1916-2014)
[Right: Dorothy Crispino in 2010: Photo by Barrie Schwortz.]
peer-reviewed journal specialising in scholarly studies of the Shroud of Turin.
Dorothy counted herself among the "all of us" to whom the Shroud is "this visible, tangible record of Christ's passage on earth" and therefore "is indeed the most precious and priceless object that exists":
"The canons [of Lirey]— like the Charnys, like the Savoys, like the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, eloquent or mute, scholarly, saintly, royalty, peasantry or bourgeoisie, religious fanatics, atheists or those with simple faith, ordinary people of every nation — on seeing the Shroud, like St. John and St. Peter, they believed. For all of them, for all of us, this visible, tangible record of Christ's passage on earth is indeed the most precious and priceless object that exists".Dorothy contributed numerous scholarly articles to Spectrum, as she usually referred to it. Spectrum's first issue was December 1981 and its last, #42, was December 1993.
Dorothy also wrote a 108-page work titled "Spicilegium" (L. "a gleaning") which was sent to Shroud Spectrum subscribers in April, 1996. It was largely comprised of a "Dossier of Geoffrey I de Charny," who was "her knight in shining armor".
Spectrum is, with Dorothy's permission, progressively being scanned (with the exception of "Spicilegium"), word-processed and put online through the joint efforts of Barrie Schwortz, Ian Wilson and myself.
At the age of 86, Dorothy undertook the major task of editing the "thirteen articles from ten various sources" on the Shroud by eminent blood chemist and Shroud scientist, Dr. Alan D. Adler (1931-2000). She then had them published in a book, Adler, A.D. & Crispino, D., ed., 2002, "The Orphaned Manuscript: A Gathering of Publications on the Shroud of Turin," Effatà Editrice: Cantalupa, Italy. The book is subtitled "A Shroud Spectrum International Special Issue," and so it will be the final issue of Spectrum to be put online.
Dorothy Crispino died, aged 98, in Cavour Italy on 16 August 2014.
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2. "Karl R. Zimmer Jr. Obituary," 2014, The Indianapolis Star, May 25. [return]
3. "The Shroud in Cavour," nd., Cavour.info. Translated from Italian by Google. [return]
4. "In Memoriam [Dorothy Crispino]," Late Breaking Website News!, 26 August 2014. [return]
5. Ibid. [return]
6. Schwortz, B., 2010, "Turin 2010 - A Personal Report," STERA, Inc. [return]
7. Crispino, D., 1998, "To Know the Truth: A Sixteenth Century Document with Excursus by Dorothy Crispino," Shroud Spectrum International, Issue #28/29, September/December 1988, pp.25-40, p.25. [return]
8. Schwortz, B., 2012a, "View by issue number," Shroud Spectrum International, Shroud.com. [return]
9. Schwortz, B., 2012b, personal email, 27 December. [return]
10. Schwortz, 2012b. [return]
11. Schwortz, B., 2012c, "Introduction," Shroud Spectrum International, Shroud.com. [return]
12. Crispino, D., "Foreword," Adler, A.D. & Crispino, D., ed., 2002, "The Orphaned Manuscript: A Gathering of Publications on the Shroud of Turin," Effatà Editrice: Cantalupa, Italy, pp.vii. [return]
13. Crispino, 2002, pp.v-ix. [return]
14. Schwortz, 2010. [return]
15. Schwortz, 2012c. [return]
16. Schwortz, B., 2014. [return]
Updated: 29 August, 2014. Updated: 18 December, 2014.