Obituary: John deLorge (1935-2012)

John Oldham deLorge, Ph.D., died unexpectedly on September 11, 2012, in Waynesville, N.C.   According to BEMS Past President, Michael Murphy, Dr. deLorge performed the work-stoppage research that became the primary foundation of the IEEE standard for RF safety at 0.4 W/kg SAR.

John deLorge was born on December 14, 1935, to Albert and Eugenia deLorge of Jacksonville, Florida, and was one of ten children.  At seventeen, John quit high school to join the Army, proudly serving as a paratrooper.  The G.I. Bill allowed John to earn a B.A. in Psychology from Jacksonville University.  He later earned a M.A. from Hollins College and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

After teaching at the University of South Alabama, John enjoyed a distinguished research career of 25 years at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory in Pensacola.  He retired as the Director of Research and later served as manager of an Army research facility at Brooks Air Force Base.  Dr. deLorge published numerous papers on animal behavior and the effects of electromagnetic fields.  He was an international consultant to both government and private institutions.

He is survived by Janet, his wife of 52 years; his children Celeste (Brooks, Maya and Emily Flippen of McKinney, TX); Claire (Matt and Phoebe McGowin of Cypress, TX); and Albert (Elizabeth, Sellars, Suttree and Iva deLorge of Cantonment, FL).  He is also survived by his sisters Eugenia White and Betty Ford of Jacksonville, FL and their families.