Vale Ian Glover

I am sorry to share the news of the passing of Ian Glover, a titan in the field of Southeast Asian archaeology. Lia Genovese shares the following:

Dear All,

In case you have not heard. Some very sad news.

Ian Glover passed away yesterday, on his birthday, while on holiday in Sicily. He collapsed after breakfast in Catania and could not be revived.

Only this afternoon I emailed him to wish him happy birthday again and to tell him about my recent fieldwork in Borneo. I also told him that conferences will never be the same again without him. I was referring to a recent conversation I had with Ian, when he told me that he would not be attending the IPPA in September this year because “he had nothing new to say”.

RIP, Ian, a gentleman and a most generous scholar.

Khmer history scholar dies at 88

via Phnom Penh Post, 26 Feb 2018: Obituary of Prof. Claude Jacques, a prominent scholar of Khmer inscriptions.

Scholars of Khmer and Southeast Asian history are mourning the passing of professor Claude Jacques, a prolific academic of ancient stone inscriptions, who will be laid to rest today at the town chapel of his countryside home in the Oise region of France. He was 88.

Source: Khmer history scholar dies at 88

Michael Vickery Obituaries

Tributes and obituaries for the late Dr Michael Vickery are published today in three Cambodian newspapers. More in the links below. Dr Vickery passed away last week and left behind a celebrated legacy of scholarship.

Cambodia bid farewell to a giant of Southeast Asian scholarship on Thursday with the death of the American historian Michael Vickery in Battambang, where his funeral ends today. He was 86.

Source: Celebrated historian Michael Vickery dies, 86, National, Phnom Penh Post

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RIP: Sok An, Deputy PM of Cambodia and President of the APSARA Authority

H.E. Sok An, Deputy PM of Cambodia and President of the APSARA Authority passed away last night in Beijing. He had a number of responsibilities during his career, most notably serving as the president of the Apsara National Authority.

Sok An, AP Photo
Sok An, AP Photo

Deputy Prime Minister Sok An passed away earlier this evening in China after a long illness, Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan confirmed late yesterday. He was 66.

Sok An – who was granted the prestigious title Samdech Vibol Panha just days before his death – was also minister to the Council of Ministers and a member of the permanent committee of the Cambodian People’s Party.

Among the most high-profile of those positions were roles with the Cambodian National Petroleum Authority and the Apsara Authority, which oversees the Angkor temples as well as a key role in negotiating the establishment of the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

Breaking: Deputy PM Sok An dies at 66

Deputy Prime Minister Sok An Dies at 66

Cambodia’s Deputy PM Sok An dies aged 66, government spokesman says

Sok An, right-hand man of Cambodia’s Hun Sen, dies at 66

Sok An passes away in Beijing

RIP Bill Longacre

Saddened to report the passing of William “Bill” Longacre, who passed away yesterday in the US. Tito Bill, as he was affectionately known, played an influential role in the archaeology of the Philippines in his ethnoarchaeological study of the Kalinga and their ceramics. More importantly, he is remembered as a kind and supportive mentor who helped develop the careers of many Philippine archaeologists today. RIP.

The late Prof. William Longacre and former student, Stephen Acabado. Source: Stephen Acabado.
The late Prof. William Longacre and former student, Stephen Acabado. Source: Stephen Acabado.

RIP Pamela Gutman

I learnt today of the sad passing of Pamela Gutman on March 31. Dr Gutman was the leading scholar on Burmese art history in Australia, notable for working in the country when much of Burme (now Myanmar) was closed to the outside.

Pamela Gutman, 1944-2015. Source: The Interpreter 20150402
Pamela Gutman, 1944-2015. Source: The Interpreter 20150402

Pamela Gutman, 1944-2015
The Lowy Interpreter, 02 April 2015

At a time when there is increasing interest in Australia’s developing ties with Burma (Myanmar), the death on 31 March of Pamela Gutman brings to an end the life of the first Australian scholar to complete a doctorate in Asian art and to do so in relation to Burma.

The fruits of this research were eventually contained in her highly praised book, Burma’s Lost Kingdoms: Splendours of Arakan, published in 2001. To record these blunt facts tells little of the effort involved in her carrying out research in Burma in the 1970s, when the government was resistant to foreign scholarship, and travel in Arakan could only take place with the assistance of a military escort.

Yet Pamela overcame the difficulties research in Burma posed, which involved translating Sanskrit inscriptions and becoming highly knowledgeable about obscure numismatics. She also played an early part in government-to-government relations.

She was invited to dine with the then Burmese president, Ne Win, to advance the cause of an Australia-Burma cultural agreement, an event, as she was able to recount, that involved being admitted to Ne Win’s residence only after she had been examined through a periscope at the residence’s guard post.

Reads the full obituary here.