imageNews 12 Westchester TV has an interesting two minute video obituary on the professional life of Fred Zugibe. It may be found here or by clicking on the image to the right.

Meanwhile, Barrie Schwortz writes to members of Shroud of Turin Website Mailing List:

It is with the deepest regrets that I must report that my dear friend, Dr. Frederick Zugibe, renown medical examiner, expert on crucifixion and Shroud scholar, died Friday evening, September 6, 2013, after a long illness. Dr. Zugibe was well known to Shroud scholars around the world and highly respected by all, even those who might have disagreed with some of his conclusions. He was the author of two books, The Crucifixion of Jesus: A Forensic Inquiry and Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner and was considered a world authority on the effects of crucifixion on the human body. We have created a small memorial in his memory. . . .

The memorial at, with several messages from friends and acquaintances, may be found here.

And the Journal News (for Rockland County, New York) is reporting:

A funeral will be held Wednesday for Dr. Frederick Zugibe, a pioneer in forensic science who founded the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the George Holt Funeral Home, 50 New Main St. in Haverstraw.

A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter’s Church in Haverstraw, with a private burial to follow.

Zugibe, 85, a native of Haverstraw, served as the Rockland medical examiner from 1969 until his retirement in 2004, handling more than 8,000 cases. He is credited, among other things, with modernizing the office and for pioneering forensics techniques.

A devout Catholic, Zugibe also gained international renown for his scientific research on the Shroud of Turin, the linen cloth revered by many Christians as the burial cloth of Jesus.

Zugibe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Catherine; six children, including Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A son, Frederick T. Zugibe, died in 2006.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are being requested for the United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956.