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Elizabeth Penhallurick
 

 
John Penhallurick, my dearest husband, died on 5 September 2014, almost exactly 2 years after the first symptoms of Motor Neurone Disease.  He worked on this website for much of that time and found it a good distraction.  He also negotiated with his friend Edward Dickenson to see if it was possible for the Trust for Avian Systematics, based in the UK, to take over the hosting of the website.  Since John’s death, honouring John’s wishes, I have continued discussions with the Trust and it is expected that WorldBirdInfo will be transferred to the Trust for Avian Systematics in the next few months.  Access to the website will be the same however.

Elizabeth Penhallurick

John Penhallurick

Hi Friends,
I recently received some very bad news.  On 14 February, I was diagnosed with Bulbar Onset Motor Neurone Disease.  As the average life expectancy for this disease is four years, it appears it will be impossible for me to finish this project. But I will keep going as long as I can. My highest priority now is to get the all the Family data and sequence numbers for the New Family List.  I started by adding this data one at a time, but realized this would take too long.  So my web master is going to take the completed data from my database and copy it into the website at one hit.  I am also using the exercise to update my database, taking into account splits, lumps and new species.  Some of these involve changes ot the other Family orders.  But again, the webmaster will be able to update all the revised Peters, Sibley-Monroe and Gill family orders at one hit. I doubt that anyone else will be prepared to take over this project when I am gone.  I am also worried that the website will simply disappear a month after my death, as I will not be able to make the monthly payments to my ISP.  So if anyone is able and willing to grant it a new home, such as a university website, please let me know.
Thanks,
John M Penhallurick
John Penhallurick

Hi Friends,
I have just been discharged from hospital after a seven week stay. My Motor Neuron Disease has worsened to the point where I can no longer produce intelligilbe speech and my swallowing has degenerated to a point where I get most of my nutrition from a PEG.
I'll keep going on the website for as long as I can.

John Penhallurick