The First Hundred Clears in Scientology, What Went Wrong??


When L. Ron Hubbard unleashed Dianetics upon the unsuspecting world in May of 1950 he claimed that this “New Science of the Mind,” was good for just about anything that was ailing the human condition.  By removing painful prior mental conditions known as “engrams,” that were stored in the “reactive mind,” your IQ could be raised, you would never suffer accidents or colds, you could, by the sheer power of your mind  remove cancer or other sorts of serious physical conditions.  In other words you would be a truly rational person with a mental powerhouse.  Before the upper level “Operating Thetan” or “OT” courses were released, this status, that went by the name, “Clear,” was the coveted end result of Dianetics and Scientology.  All efforts were directed at being “Clear” as students from all over the world descended up the heretofore undistinguished village of East Grinstead.

But “The proof of the pudding is in the eating,” as they say.  How did these first “Clears,” courtesy of St. Hill Manor, East Grinstead, England, fare?  Did they win Nobel Prizes?  Were their lives free of the usual petty problems like divorce, the need for money, possible addiction problems that led to drug addiction and alcoholism?  How was their health?  Did Clears live a lot longer with their disease free lives than ordinary folk?  What about eyesight?   Hubbard said they should be able to do away with their glasses as their eye sight would improve from auditing.  People with these abilities would certainly stick out, in fact they might be hard to hide with abilities like that.  Their positive contribution to society would have been noted and lauded.

So just how did they fare? Here is some research based upon existing lists besides some research on my own.  Here are the great products of Scientology.  Oh, you had better know what the term “Suppressive Person,” or “SP”  means in Scientology.  An SP is an anti-social person who hates all that is good and by their very nature are destructive.  Hubbard claimed that these types constituted only two-and-a-half percent of the population.  A person deemed suppressive would receive a notice printed upon a particular color paper, goldenrod, that would list all of the various crimes against humanity and Scientology that this person committed.  Such a notice would be hung on all Scientology bulletin boards.  One would think that among the altruistic people taking Scientology courses such a dire finding would be extremely rare.

John McMaster, SHSBC Course Supervisor, deceased, DECLARED SP, FIRST CLEAR.*

John Imburgia, Class VIII auditor, St. Hill, DC, first Buffalo mission, DECLARED SP, Clear #2.

Pam Pearcy, Ad Council, St. Hill. DECLARED SP, Clear #3.

Pat Scrufari, Niagara Falls, Clear #4, out, deceased 2012.

Terry Milner, Deputy GO, US, “Snow White,“ deceased, DECLARED SP, Clear #5.

Anne Greig, St. Hill staff, deceased, Clear #6.

Reg Sharpe, LRH Assistant and personal friend, deceased,  DECLARED SP, Clear #7.

Alan Walter, US, mission holder, (deceased) DECLARED SP, Clear #8.

Philip Quirino, LRH Comm, DECLARED SP, Clear #9.

Leon Steinberg, former Exec Council WW, class XII, DECLARED SP, Clear #10.

John McCoy, Saint Hill staff, still in, Clear #11.

Ray Thacker, Saint Hill staff, deceased, Clear #12.

Otis Halliday, US, deceased, Clear #13.

Ralph Pearcy,  St. Hill staff, out of Scientology. deceased,  Clear #14.

Jennifer Edmonds, Tech Staff. DECLARED  SP, Clear #15.

George Galpin, St. Hill staff, still in,  (Deceased 2002) Clear #16.

J.J Delance, Technical Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #17.

Bernie Green, Tech Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #18.

Jim Crawley, UK, probably out, Clear #19.

Tony Dunleavy, Clearing Course Supervisor. DECLARED SP, Clear #20.

Gareth McCoy, Dissem Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #21.

Joan Thomas, St. Hill staff, deceased?  Clear #22.

Julia Galpin, St, Hill staff, DECLARED SP, Clear #23.

Dalene Regenas, St. Hill, Tech Staff. DECLARED SP, (Deceased) Clear #24.

Otto Roos, Ad Council. DECLARED SP, One of the original LRH trained Class XII. Clear #25.

Felice Green, Tech Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #26.

John Lawrence, Tech Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #28.

Connie Broadbent, Dir Accounts. DECLARED SP,  Clear #29.

Craig Lipsitz, Qual Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #30.

Marilynn Routsong, HCO Staff, deceased. DECLARED SP,  Clear #31.

Fred Hare, St. Hill staff, still in, Clear #32.

Ellen Carder, American, went to St. Hill for cancer treatment, sued Hubbard. DECLARED SP, Clear #33.

Peggy Bankston, Tech Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #34.

Brian Livingston, Tech Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #35.

Joan de Veulle, deceased, London staff, Clear #36.

Haskell Cooke, St. Hill, Gold, out, deceased, Clear #37.

Chris Weideman, South Africa, still in, Clear #38.

Virginia Downsborough, Tech Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #39.

Joe Van Staden, Treasury Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #40.

Sheena Fairchild, Tech Staff. DECLARED SP, deceased, Clear #41.

Myra Elliott, Hawaii staff, deceased?  Clear #42.

Yvonne Gillham, St. Hill staff, deceased, Clear #43.

Pete Peterman, Hawaii staff, unknown, probably out, Clear #44.

Scott Leland, Class VIII, St. Hill Staff, original Sea Org project, suicide, DECLARED SP, Clear #45.

Helen Hancock, New Jersey, deceased?  Clear #46.

Helen pollen, Qual Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #47.

John Elliott, Hawaii staff, still in, Clear #48.

Fred Fairchild, Tech Staff St. Hill, now in the US, still in?  Clear #49.

Dorothy Knight, Dissem Staff. DECLARED SP,  Clear #50.

David Gaiman, UK, deceaced, Clear #51.

Peter Goodwin, Portsmouth, “Racket Exposed” Auditor 1968, DECLARED SP, Clear #52.

Anton James, St. Hill Tech Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #53.

Jenny Parkhouse, St. Hill, Treasury Staff. Personal Friend of LRH.  DECLARED SP, Clear #54.

Herbie Parkhouse, Org Exec Sec. DECLARED SP, (Deceased) Clear #55

Judy Gray, St. Hill Tech Staff. DECLARED SP,  Clear #56.

Cal Wigney, St. Hill,  Div 6 Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #57.

Mary Long, St. Hill, Div 6 Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #58.

Chester Halliday, US, deceased, Clear #59.

Hana Eltringham, (Whitfield) high-ranking SO member, DECLARED SP, Clear #60.

Bill Robertson, St. Hill Staff and LA.  DECLARED SP, deceased, Clear #61.

Linda Nussbaum, Exec Staff. DECLARED SP, Clear #62.

Peter Imburgia, Buffalo, DECLARED SP, Clear #63.

Marie Oaks, LA staff, deceased, Clear #64.

Mildred Mathews, Sydney staff, deceased, Clear #65.

Marguerite Wirick, San Diego staff, Out of Scientology, Clear #66.

Joan Davis, St. Hill Staff, unknown, Clear #67.

Beth Fordyce, Detroit staff, DECLARED SP, Clear #68.

Ron Pook, St. Hill Interne, still in. Clear #69.

Wal Wilkinson, Adelaide staff, deceased, Clear #70.

Allan Ferguson, Detroit staff, DECLARED SP, Clear #71.

Hank Laarhuis, St. Hill Staff, Netherlands, Clear #72.

Robin Lindsell, Tech Staff. Class XII. DECLARED SP,  Clear #73.

Claire Louwrens, Cape Town staff, still in, Clear #74.

Penny Khaled, St. Hill staff, still in?  Clear #75.

Helen Whitney, St. Hill staff, deceased, Clear #76.

Vern Gale, Interning for DC, deceased, Clear #77.

Wally Collis, Aukland, NZ, still in, Clear #78.

Joy Walter, Dallas, Tx, out since 1982, Clear #79.

Margaret Gormley, South Africa, DECLARED SP, Clear #80.

David Ziff, St. Hill Staff, still in, Clear #81.

Dick Moor, London staff, DECLARED SP, Clear #82.

Leila Flanagan, Houston, TX, DECLARED SP, Clear #83.

Pat Flanagan, Houston, TX, DECLARED SP, Clear #84.

Betty Halliday, Houston, TX, still in, Clear #85.

Ray Kemp, St. Hill, CA, early LRH supporter, deceased, DECLARED SP, Clear #86.

Val Wigney, Saint Hill Intern. DECLARED SP, Clear #87.

Tom Koon, CA, out of Scientology, Clear #88.

Douglas Shrewsbury, Seattle? Status unknown, Clear #89.

Helen Kitchin, San Diego, unknown, Clear #90.

Peter Khaled, St. Hill staff, still in, Clear #91.

Ellen Arnold, London Staff, DECLARED SP, Clear #92.

Jim Watson, Hawaii, DECLARED SP, Clear #93.

Mark Jones, London staff, DECLARED SP, deceased, Clear #94.

Douglas Hancock, status unknown, Clear #95.

Mary Edwards, St. Hill, still in, Clear #96.

Norma Maier, Hawaii, deceased, Clear #97.

Linda Munk, Toronto, out of Scientology, Clear #98.

Bert Rossouw, St. Hill, out of Scientology, Clear #99.

Dave Hunter, St. Hill, still in, Clear #100.

So, out of the first hundred “Clears” an astonishing number, 52,  were vile enemies of humanity.  So Saith the Great L. Ron Hubbard.  Nor is there any record of extreme longevity in this group.  Granted, these clears were made a good many years ago, yet the ones who have passed on were, if anything, on the younger side of mortality expectations.  It also looks like these important people were bypassed by fame and fortune.  There are no great captains of industry here, or great artists or thinkers or scientists of any sort.  All in all in is a pretty tame bunch considering what was expected of them.

To read more on Dianetics, Clears and early Scientology read Jeff Jacobsen’s “The Hubbard is Bare.”

For more on SPs go here:

*  Hubbard’s first attempt at producing a Clear was a ghastly failure.  This from the Wikipedia,

“There are several conflicting accounts of who first attained the state of Clear, and under what circumstances. In August 1950, amidst the success of Dianetics, Hubbard held a demonstration in Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium where he presented a young woman called Sonya Bianca (a pseudonym) to a large audience including many reporters and photographers as ‘the world’s first Clear.’ However, despite Hubbard’s claim that she had “full and perfect recall of every moment of her life”, Bianca proved unable to answer questions from the audience testing her memory and analytical abilities, including the question of the color of Hubbard’s tie.”

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  1. It is interesting that a good number of people were declared clear, yet they failed the test and were later declared or left the church. I myself was declared clear. But then I keep getting lower grade auditing and at least 500 hrs of drug rundown auditing. And at least 10000 hrs of security checking. I became to believe that I was no clear. Then they put me on ot levels and that really got me confused. When I read the OT VII and was aduited on the OT VII that was it the truth was staring me right in the face I was not able to make any case gain. I shortly there after left the belief that I would ever go clear or OT

    • Ahh, Andre–so many invalidated gains! So many wrong indications! Ten hours of genuine auditing in the freezone can sort it all out.

      Leave you flying!

      Love, Pat Krenik

  2. Terrific compilation. Thank you.

    @Andre Tabayoyon : Sorry you went through all that. I’m glad you saw the truth. I’m glad you spoke up. I’m glad you are out.

  3. Just an update. George Galpin died of a massive heart attack, I believe in 2002. He was loyal to the end, and in the first original sign up for the Sea Org. He was very useful to LRH as he knew all about boats.
    Julia Galpin

    • Thank you, I have updated his listing.

  4. Thanks for posting this. Tom Koon, Clear 88 is my older brother. He now lives in Oklahoma and has been involved in many, many other spiritual practices since departing Scientology in 1968. I audited him for some time in 1976. He changed his name to Collon Shandler in the early 70s and is still a spiritual seeker with a tremendous storehouse of knowledge on spiritual teachings, nutrition, supplements and the financial world.

  5. According to my researches, Joan DeVeulle (Clear no. 36) London Staff died aged 82 in 1988. She had lived in Porlock Somerset England.

  6. I too have somthing to share about Mr. Collin Shandler, let it be known that he has a daughter age 32, that lives in Irving Texas. She also has 3 children, who are Mr. Shandlers grandchildren, that he has never seen before. The grandaughter is 9, and two grandsons age 10 and 14.

  7. […] is actual documented information of the first 100 Clears that LRH helped go […]

  8. […] is actual documented information of the first 100 Clears that LRH helped go […]

  9. To declare Suppressive more than 50-percent of the first 100″Clears” speaks volumes for the so-called “church” of scientology. One would think that each and every “Clear” would be treated better, and not just because they’re supposed to BE better. It seems that L. Ron Hubbard (“LRH”) may have been more interested in developing the Operating Thetan (“OT”) Levels; meanwhile, events surrounding more than half of the original “Clears” went awry. LRH took his attention off the “Clears” and left them in the hands of mere mortals: scientologists, that is, including staff and Sea Org members, people who may have not handled those “Clears” with kid gloves. Maybe there is no such thing as a “”Clear,” and those “Clears” who were declared a Suppressive Person (“SP”) were just mistreated, mishandled and misunderstood by an organization that can’t even prove the existence of the State of “Clear.” I ended a 37-year association with scientology in August 2014. I had some awesome wins in scientology early on, I’d say within the first two years of becoming a scientologist. I even once attested to “Keyed-Out Clear,” a state that LRH (?) cancelled. I had 2 awesome wins associated with scientology: one when I completed Operating Procedure by Duplication (“Op Pro by Dup”): I exteriorized, just like LRH predicted (but where did he find that procedure? Is it “black magic”? Who knows, but it was pretty damned cool).The other win happened during a simple e-metered assessment (that last one blew all migraines and headaches; I haven’t had one since April 1978, and I had been plagued by them). I guess you’ve got to know when to count your scientology “winnings” and know when to walk away from the game.

  10. Hello. I am a relative of Pam Pearcy, clear #3. She has been missing for over a decade. My family is attempting to find out what happened to her, assuming she has passed. Growing up I knew her as Angelique Pearcy, which she had legally changed her name to. Her maiden name was Pamela Doe, she was the daughter of mentalist Al Koran (Edward Doe) and Catherine Doe, both passed. She was married to Ralph Pearcy (passed) who was cleared #14.

    If anyone knows anything about her whereabouts or even if you just have a story about her I would be very interested and grateful.

  11. #39, 61 and 94 are all deceased. Virginia Downsbrough, Capt. Bill Robertson and Mark Jones.

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