John C. Trever, 90; His Photos of Dead Sea Scrolls Preserved the Documents for Biblical ResearchI'm not sure what the writer means by the "original group," but Frank Moore Cross and John Strugnell were members of the original team in charge of editing the Scrolls and they are still alive.
By Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
May 4, 2006
John C. Trever, one of the first Americans to examine the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1948 and whose photographs of the ancient texts also became important historical documents, has died. He was 90.
Trever, who was the last surviving member of the original group of Western scholars to study the scrolls, died Saturday at his home in Lake Forest, his family said. No cause of death was given.
UPDATE (5 May): Geza Vermes e-mails:
What the Trever obituary of the LA Times means by "original group" of Western Scrolls scholars is not the first de Vaux editorial team, but the Jerusalem American School staff of Burrows, Brownlee, Trever, plus perhaps the Dutch Dominican J. van der Ploeg. Of these John Trever was the last to pass away, preceded by van der Ploeg in 2004, and the other two much earlier.