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Emory Kristof Receives Ralph B. White Award at WECAD

On April 15, Emory Kristof (FN’87) was presented the 2012 Ralph B. White Award for Oceanographic Exploration and Conservation of the Seas by the Southern California Chapter of The Explorers Club

The setting was the third West Coast Explorers Club Annual Dinner (WECAD), held at the Bowers Museum and hosted by its President, Dr. Peter C. Keller (FN’84).On stage to present were Explorers Club President Alan Nichols (FN’84) and Vice President for Flags and Honors Constance Difede (MN’01).

After a welcome by Chapter Chair Alan Feldstein (MN’09) and Master of Ceremonies/WECAD Co-Chair David Dolan (MN’03), Explorers Club Honorary President Dr. Don Walsh (HON’61) introduced Kristof, a National Geographic Contributing Photographer-in-Residence.

Kristof gave a stirring lecture about the discovery of the Titanic illustrated by his photographic images, many of which had been published by National Geographic. He had been part of the historic expedition led by Dr. Robert Ballard (HON’78) that discovered the wreck September 1, 1985. As April 15 was the centenary of the sinking of the storied vessel, the photos were particularly poignant.

Kristof also shared stories about other adventures he and his friend Ralph White had experienced together, including searching for the Loch Ness Monster, chasing wild mustangs and looking for sunken ships by dynamiting ice flows.

Afterward, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron (FN’03) delivered an inspiring Flag Expedition report from his Deepsea Challenge Expeditionto the bottom of the Mariana Trench. During the talk, Cameron spoke about how Kristof’s iconic photo of the bow of the sunken Titanic inspired him to explore and film.

Previous recipients of the Ralph B. White Award are Dr. Don Walsh (HON’61) and Dr. Anatoly Sagalevitch (FI’98).

The award was named after legendary explorer and Southern California Chapter Member Ralph Bradshaw White who was elected a Fellow of The Explorers Club in 1982. Following White’s untimely death in 2008, the chapter’s leaders established the award to recognize other explorers who exhibited a similar love of ocean exploration and conservation.

On hand were White’s daughter Dr. Krista Few, son-in-law Darren Few, his three-year-old granddaughter Kaia Few and White’s fiancée at the time of his death, Dr. Rosaly Lopes(FN’04). The Orange County Register published a cover story about the event.

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Background image photography courtesy of members Christoph Baumer, Neil Laughton, Matt Harris and Don Walsh's image of the Bathyscape Trieste