Message by Geno Munari
am sorry to report the passing of Bart Whaley.
26 May 1928 - 3 August 2012
Grove, CA - Bart Whaley, a native of San Francisco, died on
3 August 2013.
Bart, only child of Lloyd and Anita Whaley, was born on 26
May 1928. He took his BA in Chinese Studies in 1951 from University
of California, Berkeley. Then served with the Intelligence
section of US Army Psychological Warfare headquartered in
Tokyo during the
Korean War. He attended London University School of Oriental
and African Studies on the GI Bill for four years, and in
1969 took his Doctorate at MIT. Dr. Whaley wrote Stratagem:
Deception and Surprise in War, Codeword Barbarossa, Covert
German Rearmament, 1919-1939, Cheating, (co-authored under
the name "J. Barton Bowyer"); and more.
Following his intellectual curiosity in deception and counterdeception
he took to the study of conjuring as a deception operation.
He was a lifetime magician member of the Magic Castle in Los
Angeles and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He
produced four prize-winning books on magic and gambling cheaters,
most notably The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Magic 1584-1988
and The Man Who Was Erdnase. In 2004 he hosted a workshop
on magic and the military at the Naval Postgraduate School
in Monterey, California.
At the time of his death, Dr. Whaley was affiliated with the
Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School
in Monterey, CA and in that capacity this year collaborated
with Dr. Hy Rothstein on a reader on military deception. He
also was working for the Director of National Security's Foreign
Denial and Deception Committee (FDDC) of the Director of National
Intelligence (DNI). His most notable recent work for the FDDC
is Detecting Deception: A Bibliography of Counterdeception
across Time, Cultures, and Disciplines (4th Edition 2011).
He also was concurrently working on his book The Maverick
Detective; or, the Whole Art of Detection.
Dr. Whaley is survived by his wife and editor Susan Stratton
Aykroyd, stepsons, David and Jim Woodle and a daughter Sandhya
Whaley. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten.
Any donations may be made to the Special Operations Warrior
Foundation at www.specialops.org, a nonprofit organization
that, in part, provides college scholarships for surviving
children of fallen Special Operations Forces.