[J3] (SC22WG5.6070) Fwd: Stan Whitlock has completed his life

Keith Bierman khbkhb at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 11:44:32 EDT 2018

Thank you for sharing. Indeed sad news ....Stan was a wonderful human
being, and a pleasure to work with.

On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 9:15 AM John Reid via J3 <j3 at mailman.j3-fortran.org>

> Dear Carolyn, David, and Jen,
> Thank you so much for sharing your sad story with us all. It must have
> been a horrible shock to lose Stan so much sooner than you expected.
> I am so glad that Stan was able to get to the "geezers" meeting in June
> and that I was able to say "hello" to him. I wish I had spent more time
> with him then - yes, he was not well, but I did not expect his life to
> be so near its end.
> Stan has played a huge role in J3 and WG5 over many years. He was always
> supportive of what we were trying to do but if we asked for too much his
> was a voice of reason explaining the reasons. And of course he always
> spoke cogently and with presence. Outside the formal meetings, he worked
> diligently on the interpretations so that we always knew exactly where
> we were with them all, and there were a lot of them at times. It was a
> real pleasure working with him in my role of Convener whenever we
> prepared a corrigendum based on the interpretations that had passed all
> their milestones and were ready.
> All us in the world of Fortran standards will miss him dearly.
> Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
> John Reid.
> Steve Lionel via J3 wrote:
> > (From Stan's wife, Carolyn)
> >
> >
> >
> > *Stanley Jay Whitlock (Feb. 27, 1948 - Sept. 3, 2018)*
> >
> >
> > Dear Family and Friends,
> >
> > Seven weeks ago, on July 9th, Stan had exploratory surgery on his neck
> > in hopes of finding out what was causing the severe headaches and neck
> > pain he had been having since the end of February/beginning of March.
> >   As most of you know, the next week, we were told that he had
> > metastasized pancreatic cancer cells in his neck.  On July 19th, he
> > began a series of ten radiation treatments that we were told should kill
> > the cancer cells in his neck and relieve his neck pain and headaches but
> > not stop the cancer elsewhere in his body.
> >
> > When those treatments were completed, Stan began chemotherapy on August
> > 14th.  A few days after the first treatment, Stan fell at home.  That
> > was the first of 7 falls over the next week.  On Sunday, August 19th,
> > Stan fell again and hit his head on the hardwood floor.  He said it felt
> > different this time and agreed to have the EMTs take him to the
> > hospital.  He was there for three nights.  His oncologist told him it
> > was time for him to go into hospice care; that he had six to nine weeks
> > to live.  Needless to say, that was a shock to us all.
> >
> > Stan was moved to the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, on
> > August 22nd.  The hospice doctor said she thought the timeline was
> > shorter than the prediction of the hospital’s oncologist.  She lessened
> > the time to four to six weeks.  That was 12 days ago.
> >
> > Late this afternoon, Jen and I were in Stan’s hospice room and all three
> > of us were taking a nap.  Jen woke up and the room was quiet.  Stan had
> > been breathing heavily when we dozed off.  She said, “Mom, I think Dad
> > has gone.”  So I went over to his bed to check on him and called for the
> > nurse who confirmed that his life had ended.
> >
> > There will be no funeral but we will have a Celebration of Life for him
> > when the family feels ready.  I will let you all know when that time
> comes.
> >
> > Thank you to all who visited Stan in the hospital and hospice house,
> > sent cards and emails expressing your concern, best wishes for relief of
> > his pain, and your love.  It meant a lot to all of us.  Stan will rest
> > in peace knowing that so many people cared about him.
> >
> > With love and appreciation for your caring,
> >
> > Carolyn, David, and Jen Whitlock
> >
> >
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