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He was a true gentleman and held his colleagues in high regard, even when they disagreed with some of his more controversial conclusions. "As a surviving member of the "Turin Shroud Crowd" of the same generation as Alan Whanger I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him over a period of nearly forty years.
Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. I visited Alan's home in Durham on a number of occasions where we discussed and studied his Shroud related research in his impressive basement studio filled with Shroud materials.
He is survived by Mary Whanger, his wife of 63 years and a noted Shroud scholar in her own right.
He was best known for applying a polarized light overlay technique to compare the Shroud image to images on ancient artworks and coins.
Even sadder, since I produced that video, several more team members have passed, so their names are not included in the memorial at the end of the tribute.
On one occasion when I was in Jerusalem with the ESSJ expedition Alan tracked me down and asked me to conduct botanical experiments on his behalf with flowers in a tomb complex.
I also sourced for him the mighty botanical encyclopaedia of the Middle East.
Her passing leaves a void that will not be easily filled and she will be sorely missed by all that knew her.
Here is a link to her Official Obituary in the At the news of Diana's passing, we received an outpouring of comments and condolences from many noted Shroud scholars and researchers around the world who knew Diana and wanted to share their stories and comments with us.