Obituary for Ramkrishna Mukherjee

Professor Rila Mukherjee, University of Hyderabad and Institut de Chandernagor, has asked me to post this obituary of her father to H-ASIA:

Ramkrishna Mukherjee, Distinguished Scientist of the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Binghamton, passed away in Kolkata on November 15, 2015 at the age of 98 from multi organ failure arising from ascites.

Passing of Raymond Lum

Frank Shulman has also passed on the sad news that Raymond Lum, formerly the Librarian for the Western Languages Collections  of the Harvard-Yenching Library, died on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the age of 73. A native of Chicago’s Chinatown, Dr. Raymond David Lum (林希文) began his career at Harvard in 1976, and received his PhD in Chinese history there in 1985. He retired in 2014.

In a message posted to the eastlib mailing list (forwarded by Dr. Shulman), Gail King, the editor of the Journal of East Asian Libraries, writes as follows:

Passing of Ramon Myers

List member Franz Shulman has shared the sad news that Ramon H. Myers, former Curator of the East Asia Collection at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University, has passed away at the age of 86.

Ramon Myers was the author of The Chinese Peasant Economy (Harvard University Press, 1970), and many other works on the modern history of China, Taiwan and East Asia.

The news release from the Hoover Institution is here:

Announcement: In Memoriam, Eugene Cooper (1947-2015)

Posted on behalf of the East Asian Studies Center, University of Southern California

In Memoriam: Eugene Cooper, 68

A larger than life figure, sinologist Eugene (Gene) Cooper of anthropology inspired generations of students with his fierce intellect and outspoken personality during a career at USC Dornsife that spanned 35 years.


By Susan Bell
October 22, 2015

Eugene (Gene) Cooper, professor of anthropology, has died. He was 68.

Gene Cooper, China anthropologist and beloved mentor, passes at 68

It is with immense sadness that we break the news of loss: Professor Eugene Cooper passed away last weekend from an infection likely related to a recently diagnosed illness. Professor Cooper was a specialist in temple fairs and craft production. We share a short video of Professor Cooper discussing his latest research on temples fairs to convey something of the spirit that has just left this world -- the effervescence with which he explains effervescence is his trademark.

Obituary, Robert Franklin Dernberger

Ed. note: Thanks to Frank Shulman for bringing this to H-Asia's attention. RD

Robert F. Dernberger, one of the world's foremost experts on the Chinese economy, died on March 5 at the age of 85.

Dr. Dernberger earned his PhD from Harvard in 1965, and joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1966. In 1975, as China was re-establishing relations with the West, he was a member of the first academic delegation sent to China from the United States under the provisions of the Shanghai Communique.


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