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Ralph Bradshaw White

1941 - 2008

"Ralph Bradshaw White
Friends and Relatives"



alph 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.

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