Ralph Bradshaw White
1941 - 2008
"Ralph Bradshaw White
Friends and Relatives"
Bradshaw White was the beloved father of Dr. Krista Few, fiancé
of Dr. Rosaly Lopes, father-in-law of Darren Few, future step-father
of Thomas Gautier, and friend and inspiration to countless members
of the oceanographic exploration community. Ralph is also survived
by son Randy Pixley and grandchildren Samantha and Nicholas.
Ralph was born in 1941 in San Bernardino, California. Ralph served
in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Force Reconnaissance Team Leader,
was a member of the US Parachuting Team, and was a highly decorated
Reserve Forces Captain, who commanded the Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Department's Photographic Unit.
Ralph enjoyed a distinguished professional career as an award-winning
cinematographer, video cameraman and editor, with over 30 years
of production experience and hundreds of motion picture and television
credits to his name. In 1985, he documented the expedition that
found the wreck of the RMS Titanic, and in 1987 and 2000,
he co-directed the salvage operation and photography during the
recovery of over 5,000 artifacts from Titanic's debris
field. He was the submersible cameraman for the 1991 IMAX feature
film Titanica, and in 1995-96, he was the expedition
leader and second unit cameraman for James Cameron's Academy Award
winning feature film Titanic. Ralph made 35 dives to
the 12,000 foot deep wreck of the Titanic, and qualified
as a copilot on the French Nautile and Russian Mir submersibles.
He was operations supervisor of the Medusa ROV for James
Cameron's 3D IMAX film Ghosts Of The Abyss and Technologies
Coordinator for James Cameron's live broadcast from the deck of
the ship for the Discovery Channel's Last Mysteries of Titanic.
Ralph was also the deep sea imaging and guest wreck expert for
the History Channel's Titanic's Last Moments.
Ralph White was a Knight, Order of Saint Lazarus and Knight,
Order of Constantine for his filming and conservation accomplishments.
His extensive field experience was rewarded by his peers. He was
a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of the Explorers
Club and recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award for Life Achievement,
Fellow and Chairman of the Board of The Academy of Underwater
Arts and Sciences, and former President of the Adventurers Club.