Friday, September 13, 2013

Obituary: Frederick T. Zugibe, Ph.D., M.D. (May 28, 1928-September 6, 2013)

With the possible cessation of the British Society for the Turin Shroud Newsletter [which has since been averted], the lot may fall to us in Shroud cyberspace (see Dan Porter's "Rest in Peace Dr. Frederick Zugibe (1928-2013)," "Frederick T. Zugibe (An Update)", and's "In Memoriam: Frederick T. Zugibe 1928-2013") to record within the Shroud community the passing of significant sindonologists, such as Dr. Frederick T. Zugibe, former Chief Medical Examiner of Rockland County, New York State. Here is an obituary of Dr. Zugibe in the Times Herald Record, Garnerville, New York State, of September 10, 2013.

Dr. Zugibe's website, "Crucifixion and Shroud Studies: Medical Aspects of the Crucifixion" lists some of his online articles, including: "The Man Of The Shroud Was Washed" (1989) and "Pierre Barbet Revisited" (1995). See also Wikipedia, "Frederick Zugibe".

Times Herald Record

September 10, 2013



May 28, 1928 - September 6, 2013

Garnerville, NY

Frederick T. Zugibe, Ph.D., M.D. passed away September 6, 2013. He was born on May 28, 1928 in Garnerville, NY to Benjamin Zugibe and Anna (Zarick) Zugibe.

[Above: The late Dr. Frederick T. Zugibe, one of many eminent medical doctors who were and are persuaded by the physiological evidence that the image on the Shroud of Turin is that of Jesus: The Journal News.]

He is survived by Catherine (O'Leary), his wife of 62 years, and six of his seven children: Thomas (Peggy), Cathryn Blaber (Thomas), Theresa Mandracchia (Stephen), Mary Raleigh (Peter), Matthew (Carol) and Kevin Zugibe. He was predeceased by his son, Frederick T. Zugibe, M.D. (Anna) in 2006. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Edward Zugibe. He was predeceased by his brothers: Benjamin, Paul and John and his sister, Victoria Jansen.

He was a deeply committed and involved parishioner at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Haverstraw. He was a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and in 2002, he was received as a knight in the papally-approved Order of Our Lady of the Conception of Vila Vicosa in Portugal.

He graduated from Haverstraw High School in 1946 and St. Francis College. He earned a Masters Degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in anatomy and histochemistry from the University of Chicago. After having seven children, he returned to school and obtained his M.D. degree from West Virginia University in 1968 and became Board Certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology. In 1969 he was appointed the first Chief Medical Examiner of Rockland County replacing the old coroner system. He served as Rockland's Chief Medical Examiner for 34 years retiring in 2003. During his tenure, the Rockland Medical Examiner's Office gained an international reputation in the field of forensic science and innovative techniques and inventions that are still in use throughout the world. Dr. Zugibe was also internationally lauded in the field of cardiovascular research and discovered several diseases that had never before been identified. He was a fellow in the American College of Cardiology and was Board Certified in Family Practice. He also had an active medical practice during his tenure as Medical Examiner, specializing in cardiology.

He was an accomplished author and became world-renowned in connection with his scientific research on the Shroud of Turin

[Right: Dr. Zugibe's masterly, "The Crucifixion of Jesus: A Forensic Inquiry," M. Evans & Co.: New York NY, 2005:]

and the mechanism and cause of death of Jesus appearing in numerous documentaries in connection with his research. He is the author of The Crucifixion of Jesus, a Forensic Inquiry and Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner as well as numerous other books and papers. He also served as adjunct Associate Professor of Pathology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Zugibe was driven by a pursuit of knowledge, truth and excellence in his work, but it was his desire to share and use this knowledge to help others that truly was his legacy. He established the first disaster response protocol for Rockland County, coordinating training among all law enforcement, medical and emergency response teams and conducting EMT classes. As medical examiner, he established protocols to support the donation of organs and corneas, while still maintaining the integrity of death investigations. In 1972, he joined relief efforts in Nicaragua providing medical care to earthquake victims. Whether it was comforting a victim's family at the scene of an investigation, responding to a medical emergency, or giving his time and support to innumerable individuals and groups who needed his help, Dr. Zugibe worked tirelessly on behalf of those in need and in service to the community.

He was devoted to his family and took immense pleasure and pride in their endeavors. His vast knowledge and accomplishments were only surpassed by his compassion for the suffering of others and the love of and for his family.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the George M. Holt Funeral Home, 50 New Main St., Haverstraw, NY 10927. Dr. Zugibe's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 11th, at St. Peter's Church, Haverstraw, NY. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Memorial Donations be made to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Ln, New City, NY 10956.

George M. Holt Funeral Home, 50 New Main Street, Havertsraw, NY 10927 845-429-2159.

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