L. Ron Hubbard 1911 - 1986

How and when did L. Ron Hubbard pass away?

L. Ron Hubbard died on 24 January 1986 in the age of 74 from a stroke.

Before his body was cremated in accordance to his last will, the medical examiner of the area (San Luis Obispo County) had a drug toxicology test done. The 1980s were controversial times, several expelled members of the Church of Scientology had just tried to steal Hubbard's works while his estranged son Ron DeWolf (1934-1991) was heavily after the heritage of his father *.

So that blood test was a good idea. It revealed no drugs or poisons but recorded a "trace amount of Vistaril", an antihistamine used to treat allergic reaction and against nausea. The fact that Vistaril can be used as a mild sedative was fraudulently used lateron by the same people who had tried to grab hold of Hubbard's heritage. One of them even had his attorney ask for another coroner research into the death. The denial of this request tells the whole story and puts an end to any fantasies spread by former members or people with an agenda to steal L. Ron Hubbard's heritage.

Affidavit of L. Ron Hubbard of 1983, about Ron DeWolf and the fact that he - Hubbard - is well and alive
Denial Letter of Sheriff-Coroner, 31 January 1986, to Ron DeWolf's attornet Michael Flynn
Rocky Mountain News article 1983, explaining his relation to DeWolf on page 7 (PDF)
New York Times of 24 October 1984, Suit filed against Ron DeWolf for attempted fraud (PDF)
L. Ron Hubbard's Toxicology Test
L. Ron Hubbard's Death Certificate
About Ron DeWolf

* Even though he had not been in contact with L. Ron Hubbard for more than 20 years DeWolf had tried to take over the finances of his father and even attempted to declare him dead in 1982. [Back to text]

Who was L. Ron Hubbard's son Ronald Dewolf?

Ronald DeWolf was born Lafayette Ron Hubbard, Jr. in 1934 as the eldest child of 23-year old L. Ron Hubbard and his first wife, Margaret Louise Grubb (26). Hubbard had met Grubb when they were both training as glider pilots. The marriage did not last over World War II* and got divorced in 1947. After that L. Ron Hubbard was hardly in contact with his then 13-year old son who stayed with his mother. Per several affidavits from both sides they met the last time in 1959.

However in 1982 Ron DeWolf (he had meanwhile changed his name from Hubbard to DeWolf) suddenly showed up again, tried to declare L. Ron Hubbard dead and take over his finances. This clearly financially motivated action was balked by L. Ron Hubbard personally proving to the court that he was alive and well. In 1984 Hubbard's wife Mary Sue filed a $5 million suit for fraud against DeWolf for his 1982 attempt to gain control of L. Ron Hubbard's estate.

DeWolf though tried another time to grab hold of Hubbard's estates only days after his death in January 1986 but was denied again. That however did not stop him to spread a bunch of lies later that same year when he co-authored a book of a disgruntled expelled member of the Church of Scientology about the Church and L. Ron Hubbard. Shortly after the first copies of the book had been sold his author credit was removed from it and DeWolf called the parts referring to him "no more than wild flights of fantasy" and "to the extent that any portion of this book is based on my communications with [the main author], whether written or oral, the book is inaccurate and false". In two affidavits Ronald DeWolf submitted to a court in 1987 he confirms that his knowledge about the doing of his father L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology already ended in the late 1950s. Ron DeWolf died of cancer in 1991.

Affidavit of L. Ron Hubbard of 1983, about Ron DeWolf and the fact that he - Hubbard - is well and alive
Denial Letter of Sheriff-Coroner, 31 January 1986, to Ron DeWolf's attornet Michael Flynn
Rocky Mountain News article 1983, explaining his relation to DeWolf on page 7 (PDF)
New York Times of 24 October 1984, Suit filed against Ron DeWolf for attempted fraud (PDF)
Ron DeWolf Affidavit, May 1987 (PDF)
Ron DeWolf Affidavit, July 1987 (PDF)
A short biography of L. Ron Hubbard (video clip on Youtube)

* From the summer of 1941 to late 1945, during World War II, L. Ron Hubbard served in the United States Navy. Based on the representations of his experience overseas and as a writer, he was able to skip the initial officer rank of Ensign and was commissioned a Lieutenant, Junior Grade for service in the Office of Naval Intelligence. [Back to text]

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Scientology - what religious scholars say

The Church of Scientology has made history in the 1990s, and interest in the religion from all corners of the world continues to skyrocket. In 1993, the Internal Revenue Service of the United States acknowledged that the Church of Scientology International and more than 150 related churches and organizations were organized and operated solely for religious and charitable purposes. This made news around the world.

The following year, in February 1994, the Church of Scientology turned 40 years of age and again made headlines throughout the world.

These events, coupled with the continued growth and importance of the Church, drew the interest of millions of people from around the world, including scholars from many countries. They were invited to study the beliefs and practice of Scientology and publish their findings.

The results so far include 60 studies by a roster of distinguished scholars. Each has analyzed Scientology from his own unique perspective, and in some cases compared it to other religions. The common denominator of all the studies is that although its historical and philosophical roots go back 10,000 years, Scientology is thoroughly contemporary. The scholars agree that it is unique among religions, with its precise path to greater happiness and fulfillment for people from all walks of life.

The authors of the studies, from diverse backgrounds and geographic regions, include the world-renowned religion expert Bryan Ronald Wilson, professor emeritus, Oxford University; Lonnie Kliever, Professor, Southern Methodist University; Darroll Bryant, Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada; Michael Sivertsev, professor and special consultant to the President, Russia; Regis Dericquebourg, Professor, University of Lille III in France; Geoffrey Parrinder, scholar of religion, England; Fumio Sawada, Shinto religious scholar, Japan; Per-Arne Berglie, Professor, Stockholm, Sweden; Dario Sabbatucci, Professor of Religion, University of Rome, Italy. And dozens more.

The expertises are presented here:

Religious Toleration & Religious Diversity
Bryan Wilson, Ph.D.
Emeritus Fellow Oxford University.

Scientology: A Way of Spiritual Self-Identification
by Michael A. Sivertsev,
Expert Advisor on International Matters to the Committee of the Russian Federation

The following expertises are available in Portable Document Format (PDF). To view them, install Adobe System, Inc.’,s Acrobat Reader available for download at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

Scientology, Social Science and the Definition of Religion
James A. Beckford, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
University of Warwick
(135KB/14 pages)

Scientology: A Comparison with Religions of the East and West
Per-Arne Berglie
Professor, History of Religion
University of Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden
(115KB/16 pages)

Is Scientology a Religion?
Alan W. Black
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of New England
Armidale, New South Wales
(181KB/15 pages)

Scientology: A New Religion
M. Darrol Bryant, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion and Culture
Renison College, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
(253KB/6 pages)

Régis Dericquebourg
Professor, Sociology of Religion
University of Lille III
Lille, France
(121KB/12 pages)

Scientology: The Marks of Religion
Frank K. Flinn, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor in Religious Studies
Washington University
Saint Louis, Missouri
(232KB/12 pages)

Scientology and Contemporary Definitions of Religion in the Social Sciences
Alejandro Frigerio, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Cathothic University of Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
(257KB/16 pages)

Scientology: Its True Nature
Harri Heino
Professor of Theology
University of Tempere
Helsinki, Finland
(204KB/7 pages)

Is Scientology a Religion?
A Report of Research by Dean M. Kelley
Counselor on Religious Liberty
National Counsel of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
(364KB/11 pages)

The Reliability of Apostate Testimony about New Religious Movements
Lonnie D. Kliever, Dr. Phil.
Professor of Religious Studies
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
(203KB/17 pages)

Religious Philosophy, Religion and Church
G.C. Oosthuizen, Th.D.
Professor (Retired), Dept. of Science of Religion
University of Durban-Westville
Natal, South Africa
(199KB/9 pages)

The Religious Nature of Scientology
Geoffrey Parrinder, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Comparative Study of Religions
University of London
(192KB/4 pages)

Apostates and New Religious Movements
Bryan Ronald Wilson, Ph.D.
Emeritus Fellow
University of Oxford
(142KB/6 pages)

Social Change and New Religious Movements
Bryan Ronald Wilson, Ph.D.
Emeritus Fellow
University of Oxford
(142KB/6 pages)

Scientology Its Historical­Morphological Frame
Dario Sabbatucci
Professor of History of Religions
University of Rome
Rome, Italy
(145KB/7 pages)

Scientology A Way of Spiritual Self­Indentification
Michael A. Sivertsev, Ph.D.
Chairman for New Religions
Board of Cooperation with Religious Organisations
Office of the Russian President
(193KB/14 pages)

Scientology and Religion
Christiaan Vonck, Ph. D.
Rector, Faculty for Comparative Study Of Religions
Antwerp, Belgium
(185KB/6 pages)

The Church of Scientology
Juha Pentikainen, Ph.D.
Marja Pentikainen, MSC
Helsinki, Finland
(174KB/12 pages)

The Relationship Between Scientology and Other Religions
Mr. Fumio Sawada
Eighth Holder of the secrets
of Yu­itsu Shinto
(150KB/8 pages)

GERMAN (Deutsch):

Ist Scientology eine Religion?
Alan W. Black
Außerordentlicher Professor für Soziologie
Universität von Neu-England
Armidale, New South Wales
(420KB/16 pages)

Scientology: Eine Religion in Südafrika
David Chidester
Professor für vergleichende
Universität Kapstadt
(386KB/15 pages)

Scientology: Die Kennzeichen einer Religion
Frank K. Flinn, Ph.D.
Außerordentlicher Professor
für Religionswissenschaft
Universität Washington
Saint Louis, Missouri
(371KB/12 pages)

Scientology: Ihre wahre Natur
Harri Heino
Professor für Theologie
Tampere, Finnland
(327KB/7 pages)

Scientology: Eine religiöse Gemeinschaft
Lonnie D. Kliever, Dr. Phil.
Professor für Religionswissenschaft
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas, USA
(340KB/12 pages)

Scientology: Ein Vergleich mit östlichen und westlichen Religionen
Per-Arne Berglie
Professor für Religionsgeschichte
Universität Stockholm
Stockholm, Schweden
(175KB/6 pages)

SPANISH (Español):

¿Es Scientology una Religión?
Alan W. Black
Profesor adjunto de sociología
Universidad de Nueva Inglaterra Armidale,
Nueva Gales del Sur,
(292KB/15 pages)

Cienciología: una nueva Religión
Doctor en Filosofía M. Darrol Bryant
Profesor de Religión y Cultura
Renison College, Universidad de Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canadá
(233KB/12 pages)

Cienciología: rasgos de Religión
Frank K. Flinn, Doctor en Filosofía
Profesor Adjunto
en Estudios Religiosos
Universidad de Washington
Saint Louis, Missouri
(229KB/12 pages)

La Scientology: definiciones actuales de la religión desde las ciencias sociales
Doctor en Filosofía Alejandro Frigerio
Investigador, Consejo Nacional de
Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
Buenos Aires, Argentina
(256KB/16 pages)

Cienciología: su verdadera naturaleza
Harri Heino
Catedrático de Teología
Tampere, Finlandia
(311KB/6 pages)

La confiabilidad del testimonio de apóstatas sobre nuevos movimientos religiosos
Profesor Lonnie D. Kliever
Departamento de Estudios Religiosos
Universidad Metodista del Sur
Dallas, Texas, EE. UU.
(191KB/8 pages)

Scientology : Análisis y comparación de sus doctrinas y sistemas religiosos
Bryan Wilson, Doctor en Filosofía
Catedrático Emérito
Universidad de Oxford
(548KB/56 pages)

Cientología: Una religión en Sudáfrica
Doctor en Filosofía David Chidester
Profesor de Religión Comparativa
Universidad de Ciudad del Cabo
Director del Instituto de Religión
Comparativa de Sudáfrica
(251KB/16 pages)

Scientology - what religious scholars say