Clayton Dube of USC has pointed me to a second, fuller obituary for Jack Wills that goes into a bit more detail about his contributions to the Chinese and world history fields (including discussion of his earlier books). It is at:
A full obituary for Jack Wills has now been published on the USC website:
"In Memoriam: John “Jack” Wills Jr., 80," by Laura Paisley - January 24, 2017
"A masterful scholar of Chinese history with a broad intellectual vision, Wills was a pillar of strength in the development of East Asian studies at USC."
Jack's passing is indeed a tremendous blow to the field. He was one of the most genuine and supportive people I ever met. I can think of no other senior scholar who went so far out of his way to help, encourage and support junior scholars in the field. It was never about ego with Jack, despite his vast knowledge and erudition. He always wanted to learn more, go further, and make the unexpected connections. Virtually every time we interacted he spent most of the conversation talking about all the exciting work junior scholars were doing to advance the field.
I was saddened to learn recently of the death of Prof. Jack Wills on January 13, 2017.
The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is sad to announce the passing of Professor Valdo Viglielmo, a scholar and translator of Japanese literature who retired in 2002 after 37 years at UH. Please see the following links for more information:
Submission from Noonie Fortin
This month please remember these women who died during November while serving our country in or during war times:
1 Nov 1898: Army Contract Nurse Elizabeth Flanagan (Nun—Sister M Elizabeth),Typhoid Fever, SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
1 Nov 1944: USA ANC 1LT Aleda Lutz, plane crash, Italy, WW II
1 Nov 2007: WIARNG 2LT Tracy Alger, 30, IRAQ
1 Nov 2011: OKARNG SPC Sarina N Butcher, 19, IED, AFGHANISTAN
I have just belately received the sad news of the loss of Bob Smith, and would like to pass the word along briefly in case others have missed it as well.
Robert J. Smith (1927-2016), one of the leading anthropologists in the postwar study of Japan, passed away "fairly peacefully" in Ithaca NY on 11 October 2016. Bob was 89, and is survived by his wife Kazuko.
In Memoriam - Mustafa Olpak (1953-2016)