Deceased Classmate: Jim Whittlesey (1990)
Date Of Birth: 1953
Date Deceased: 1-24-2017 (apprxoximately)
Age at Death: 63
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Classmate City: Near Los Angeles
Classmate State: CA
Classmate Country: USA
There was a very nice article about Jim posted online: https://celluloidjunkie.com/2017/01/24/remembering-jim-whittlesey-1953-2017/. There is a photo of Jim receiving awarded the SMPTE Fellow award for lifetime achievement in 2013.
The article includes notice of just one part of Jim's technical contributions to the digital film industry with his "publication of the DCI Specifications 1.0 in 2005 (an under-appreciated collective achievement that deserves a gold star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) Jim went on to become Senior Vice President of Operations and Technology for Deluxe Digital Cinema, as Steve Bergman built a strong team around him for the brave new digital world.".... the article continues with a nice write up of him career, life, family and hobbies.
Rest in peace, Jim.