[ExI] Wesley Du Charme, 71, psychologist, author of "Becoming Immortal: Nanotechnology, You and the Demise of Death."
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Psychologist believed the future can still be his after death
By Virginia Culver
The Denver Post
04/25/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT
Wesley Du Charme wrote a book on the possible use of nanotechnology to
extend human life.
Wesley Du Charme died April 15, but he said he'd be back.
Du Charme, 71, a psychologist, asked to have his head cryogenically
preserved until scientists find a cure "for whatever damn thing killed
me," he told family members.
His family agreed, said his daughter Nicole Frens of Missoula, Mont.
His head is being kept in a metal box at Alcor Life Extension
Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., an organization that believes bodies
can be reanimated when nanotechnology has progressed enough to
reconstruct a body. The head will be preserved in liquid nitrogen at
minus 200 degrees. Freezing with water destroys cells, said Mike Noel,
a friend of Du Charme's.
Du Charme once said that "not only is 'old' a state of mind, so is 'dead.' "
His beliefs are chronicled in his book: "Becoming Immortal:
Nanotechnology, You and the Demise of Death."
After he was interviewed about the book on a radio station, a caller
said he was "stepping in" where humans ought not to. But Nicole Frens
said, "We're always stepping in — saving peoples' lives with
Wesley Du Charme believed he would be reanimated "maybe between 20 and
100 years from now," Frens said.
While not a believer in reanimation, Noel praised Du Charme as being
"thoughtful and intelligent, with a great sense of humor."
People choose life-extension for various reasons, said D'bora Tarrant,
an official with Alcor. Some want to live forever, or they're curious
about the future or they don't believe this life is all there is, she
Du Charme handed over his $50,000 life insurance policy to Alcor and
paid $598 a year in dues while he was living.
Du Charme loved to sing in a barbershop quartet, played tennis and was
interested in almost everything, said Noel, who lives in Tumtum, Wash.
Du Charme owned Decision Time Tools, a website for retired people
looking for leisure-time activities.
He survived kidney cancer 25 years ago, but the cancer returned two years ago.
He taught psychology at Rice University in Houston and later worked
for corporations as an industrial psychologist, "helping them make the
workplace better," Frens said.
He became interested in nanotechnology and cryonics 20 years ago, his
Wesley Du Charme was born in Minneapolis on April 3, 1939, and
graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School in Denver. He earned a
psychology degree at the University of Colorado and an experimental
psychology degree at the University of Michigan.
He married Skippy Clark in May 1961. They lived in Evergreen for many
years before moving to Rathdrum, Idaho.
His family took him to Scottsdale in the last few days of his life so
he would be close to Alcor.
In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by two other
daughters, Gail Wyroski of Peyton and Suzy Du Charme of Coeur d'Alene,
Idaho; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his mother,
Florence Scriven of Fort Lupton.
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