[ESIP-all] Status of Rob, II

Karl Benedict kbene at edac.unm.edu
Sun Mar 4 20:08:30 EST 2012

Rob's passing comes as a blow to all of us, both as a community that he was
so instrumental in building and as individuals that have had the joy of
getting to know him. His gentle nature, vision, and persistence have made
all of us better people and better in our work. He will be sorely missed
and we will never fill the void his loss has left behind.

Rob, thanks for everything over the years. Your legacy will live on longer
than all of us.


Karl Benedict
Director, Earth Data Analysis Center
Research Assistant Professor, Geography Dept.
Research Assistant Professor, University Libraries
University of New Mexico

kbene at unm.edu
(505) 277-3622 x234 w
(505) 239-4115 m

On Mar 2, 2012, at 15:39, "Armstrong, Edward M (388M)" <
Edward.M.Armstrong at jpl.nasa.gov> wrote:

Hello JPL and Earth Science community

Several of you may have seen a brief update I sent or the facebook wall
post on Rob Raskin's status an hour ago.  In retrospect I forgot to add
some context. Some of this may be familiar to you already.

9 days ago, Rob suffered cardiac arrest while on the way to the hospital in
an ambulance. Although he was revived and stabilized, he went into a coma
and in fact suffered a serious amount of brain damage due to the cardiac
arrest. He has remained in the coma ever since he was hospitalized and has
needed a respirator to stay alive. Numerous Eeectroencephalography (EEG)
brain scans have indicated irreversible damage.

Therefore, Lisa Steele, Robs sister, after having consulted with hospital
doctors and one within her own family over the last several days, has
decided that based on quality of life considerations and ultimately Rob's
own wishes it would best to remove him from the respirator and any other
life support.  This occurred earlier this  morning.

So as I indicated earlier, he continues to breath without the respirator
and his vital signs are rather robust.  He could live several hours or even
days in this condition.

If you are local to the southern California area and want to visit with him
he is in  Kaiser Hospital, Intensive Care Unit, Panorama City, CA, Rm 1117.
 Obviously he cannot communicate with anyone.  But Lisa encourages you to
come by.

Lisa requests if you want to contact her you can at lsteele24 at gmail.com

I will keep all apprised of any new developments, news or logistics through
the weekend. Also monitor his FB wall.

Stay safe and peaceful



Ed Armstrong
JPL Physical Oceanography DAAC
818 519-7607

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