Ron Brown
1st Employee of June Bierman's Sugar Free Center

Ralph Bunch
Nobel Peace Prize Winner, U.N. Diplomat

James Conkling
Founder of The National Academy of recording Arts & Sciences, Also was responsible for helping create the Grammys. Died:April 12,1998 in Sacramento,.CA of complications of Pneumonia & diabetes

John Grant
State Social Worker,Convervationist. Longest-lived diabetic, Diagnosed as a Diabetic at the age of  3, in 1921. The same year Insulin was Discovered. Was started on Insulin in 1923 the year Insulin was first widely available. Died on Feb 18,1997 In Boston,MA--SURVIVED for 75 years as a Diabetic.

Deana Herrera
the New 1998 Miss NY State She has had juvenile Diabetes since the age of 8.
She's now 20. She 's using her title to increase diabetes awareness. 

Phebe Robinson Jacobsen
NEWS:4-22-2000 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Phebe Robinson Jacobsen, an archivist who
helped ``Roots''  author Alex Haley determine that his ancestor Kunta Kinte landed here, died  Wednesday of complications from diabetes. She was 78.  Jacobsen and Haley began corresponding in 1967, after he asked her for help with his genealogical research.  It was Jacobsen who dug up a Maryland Gazette advertisement from 1767 at the  Maryland State Archives. The ad announced the arrival of the Lord Ligonier in  Annapolis on Sept. 29, 1767. The ship carried ``a Cargo of Choice, Healthy Slaves,''  the ad said. Among them was Kunta Kinte, the inspiration for Haley's Pulitzer  Prize-winning 1976 historical novel, which traced 10 generations of his family from  Gambia to the United States.  Through the course of research for the book, Jacobsen and Haley became close  friends, said Chris Haley, associate director of research services at the archives and   the late author's nephew.   ``She would help give a sense of what life for African-Americans, free or enslaved,
 was like during Colonial times in Maryland,'' he said. ``It just happened that my uncle
 was someone who hit big with the story that he was researching, but she would help
 anyone who asked a question.'' 

Nicole Johnson
Miss America 1999 and Miss Virginia 1998.  Nicole serves as a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association and Medtronic Minimed.  She was diagnosed with diabetes at 19 and has been using the insulin pump since age 23.  Nicole used her position as Miss America to help raise more than 12 million for diabetes.  Today, she serves as a consultant for Government Affairs at the ADA, continues to travel as a public speaker with various groups like ADA, JDRF and others, and is a writer on diabetes topics.  Nicole has 3 books out....including her autobiography Living With Diabetes.  You can get in touch with her at
www.nicolejohnson.com.  She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and his 3 children.

Cardinal John Krol
previous Roman Catholic Archbishop Of Philadelphia Confidant,   Pope John Paul II  Born 10-26-1910

William R. Melton
a World War II pilot and member of the famed  Tuskegee Airmen, died Sept. 2 of complication from heart disease and diabetes. He was 78.  During World War II, he enlisted as a pilot in what was then the Army Air Corps and was  assigned to the all-black unit.  As a fighter pilot, Melton flew more than 108 missions over North Africa and Europe.  When he completed his duty, Melton remained active with the Tuskegee Airmen throughout his  life. He returned to Tuskegee to serve as a flying instructor, served as public relations officer,  historian and assistant to several of its national presidents. 

Charlie Park
NEWS:April 29,2000 WARREN, Ark. (AP) - Charlie Park, a veteran Arkansas broadcaster, died Thursday  of complications from diabetes and heart disease. He was 66. Park was news director of Crossett radio station KAGH for 20 years until retiring in
 March because of his illnesses.  Born Nov. 3, 1933, in Flint, Mich., Park began his broadcasting career working with  his father in Detroit. His wife, Carol Park, said her husband spent 48 years in the field,  moving to Arkansas in 1979 to work for KAGH. 

Sir Harry Seacomb
President of the British Diabetes Association 

Gloria Loring's--son Brennan Thicke
Actress, Singer Played Liz Chandler on "Days Of Our Lives" Divorced from Alan Thicke of "Growing Pains Author of THE KIDS, FOOD AND DIABETES FAMILY COOKBOOK, PARENTING A DIABETIC CHILD,PARENTING A DIABETIC CHILD - THE VIDEO Gloria's son Brennan is a Diabetic Brennan is studying film in college Gloria She serves on the board of directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Association Brennan is  Insulin dependent TYPE 1 Juvenille 

Leonard Thompson
 at age 12 he was the first person to successfully receive an insulin injection in 1922 at the
Toronto General Hospital. SOURCE:Christopher Frost

Milton Rubincam
called ``the  dean of American genealogists'' by the  Smithsonian Institution
 died of diabetes complications ;at the age of  88. 

 Edmund Schulman
dendrochronologist  at the University of Arizona, the one who discovered that the
bristlecone pines  are the oldest trees in the world. I recently vacationed in Nevada and California. Near the end of the trip I went  to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, in the Inyo National Forest, just east  of Bishop CA. This place is astounding. So is the background. Schulman spent much of his career studying old trees. He found 1500-year-old  limber pines in Idaho, and dated many of the 3000+ year old giant sequoias. A  ranger on the Inyo knew of very old trees in the White Mountains, heard about  Schulman's work, and invited him to visit. Schulman first sampled the more  vigorous bristlecone pines but could find none older than about 1500 years. One  day he ventured up the opposite slope and took a core from a terribly decrepit  looking pine. That night in camp, with a microscope and a Coleman lantern, he  counted the rings: over 4000. That was in 1953. In subsequent years he found an entire grove with many trees  over 4000 years old. The forest service now has a beautifully maintained 4-mile  trail starting at the visitor center and winding through a variety of  bristlecone habitats, including this most ancient grove. They won't identify  the oldest tree, but the grove is awesome. (There was once a 4900 year old  bristlecone in eastern Nevada, but it was accidentally cut down for study. Its  form was such that no one guessed it was anywhere close to that old.) Schulman continued this work for five years. He wrote an article about it for  National Geographic, but died before it was published in March 1958. All the  talks and literature at the visitor center only say that he died early, so I asked why. He died of a heart attack -- and he had diabetes. The photographs of  him show an obvious ectomorph, so it's a pretty safe assumption that he had  what we now call type 1 diabetes. Doing a bit of arithmetic tells that he was  15 years old in 1924. This makes it likely that he was one of the first people  saved by insulin, though I haven't been able to discover when he developed  diabetes. He may have died early, of a known diabetic complication, but insulin  gave him enough life to have an important career. Hearing at age 50 that he  died at 49 gave me yet another bit of appreciation for the improved care of the  past 40 years. The greatest impact of his work came after his death. The visitor center talks  about "The Trees that Rewrote History", and it's only a bit hyperbolic.The  carbon-14 dating method, developed in the 1940s, ran into problems around 1960.  It agreed entirely with independent dating back about 2000 years. But then  researchers found a room in one of the Egyptian pyramids with hieroglyphics  which mentioned a solar eclipse, giving an independent date. The C14 dates were  off by 700 years! Such inconsistencies built up until someone thought, you know, we've got  organic material sitting right here which we can date precisely because we can  count the rings. The bristlecone pine samples demonstrated that one of the  assumptions behind C14 dating was false: the atmospheric concentration of C14  is not constant. (We now know that it is affected by variations in the earth's  magnetic field -- and I assume the related Van Allen belts -- and by variations  in the sunspot cycle. C14 is formed when gamma rays from space collide with  nitrogen-13 nuclei.) Finally the old pines were used to calibrate the C14 method. In fact the bristlecones can calibrate the method back 8600 years. Dead wood, especially  the dense, resinous bristlecone wood, decays incredibly slowly in the White  Mountains. There are standing snags which have been dead for 2000 years. And  because the bristlecones are highly sensitive to annual weather variations,  they form distinctive patterns in the growth rings. By matching the patterns in  dead wood which overlap live wood, dendrochronologists can date wood which is  older than the oldest living trees. Thus the 8600 year record. But that isn't all. Using the original C14 method, artifacts from all over  Europe had been dated. Based on these dates and independent dating of other  artifacts, archeologists had constructed a theory of how civilization  developed. This is the framework that I learned in school: that civ developed  in the Tigris-Euphrates river valleys and then spread through Europe. A closely related theory was that the Egyptians developed the techniques for building with large stones and somehow disseminated this to England, leading to the construction of Stonehenge. But the redating destroyed these theories. Stonehenge predates the pyramids. Artifacts from all over Europe have  intermixed dates, with no area being clearly the leader. Tablets from the  Balkans are older than those from Mesopotamia. And so on. Thus "the trees that rewrote history".

SOURCE:Edward Reid

 Hubert Smith and son, George,
who is president of the Bermuda Diabetes Association

Jimmy "The Greek" Synder
Las Vegas, NV Oddsmaker

Helen Waterford
Nazi Holocaust Survivor    born  1909 -- -Autobiography

Zen Master Ji Bong
(Robert Moore)Inslin dependent TYPE 1