Re: William Theodore de Bary, 1919-2017

I would like to call the attention of H-Asia members to three tributes to Wm. Theodore de Bary that we published earlier this week at the AAS #AsiaNow blog. Carol Gluck (Columbia professor), Donald Keene (Columbia professor emeritus), and Larry Chengliang Hong (Columbia College ’17) have generously taken the time to share their reflections on Ted de Bary’s career and the influence he had on the field of Asian Studies, as well as on his students, colleagues, and friends. Please see this multi-generational memorial post here:

A tribute to Kavita Datla, 1975-2017, by Dr. Karuna Mantena

Dr Karuna Mantena of Yale University has composed the following tribute to Dr Kavita Datla.

Kavita Datla (b. April 23, 1975) passed away on July 22, 2017 in her home in Northampton MA, surrounded by family.  She had been bravely battling a rare and aggressive cancer since the fall of 2014.  

JAN FONTEIN (1927-2017)

The museum director, curator, and eminent Asian art historian Jan Fontein died in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts on May 19, 2017— just three days shy of his 90th birthday. He had been in ill health for some time, suffering from Parkinson’s disease.


Re: Life and Career of Dr. Biswamoy Pati, 1956-2017

I am very sorry indeed to hear this sad news. Dr Pati gave our project, the Medical History of British India, a fantastic review which helped in our efforts to promote this on-line collection of colonial medical volumes, we were very grateful to him. Our sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues.

Jan Usher
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Life and Career of Dr. Biswamoy Pati, 1956-2017

Ravindran Gopinath, Professor in the Department of History, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi has kindly permitted me to share this memorial of the life and work of the Indian historian, Dr. Biswamoy Pati.

Sumit Guha

University of Texas-Austin


Dr Biswamoy Pati (1956-2017)


Dr Biswamoy Pati, 1956-2017

I have just received the sad news of the sudden passing of Dr Biswamoy Pati, a historian of South Asia who spent his career at the University of Delhi. Despite his heavy teaching load, he authored or edited numerous books. He was a leading historian of colonial and post-colonial Odisha (formerly called Orissa).  I list a few of them below:

Resisting domination : peasants, tribals, and the national movement in Orissa, 1920-1950 (New Delhi : Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 1993.)

Sad news of the passing of Ainslie Embree

I post a brief announcement of the passing of Ainslie Embree, Professor Emeritus at Columbia University written by John S. Hawley, Claire Tow Professor of Religion
Barnard College, Columbia University.

It is posted with Professor Hawley's permission.



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