Dear GN readers, I am personally mourning the lost of a great in my field. Many memorials going around the internet recently, below is from PacNet, CSIS Pacific. SG
PacNote 16-2011 Friday, November 4, 2011 Remembering Bob Scalapino
Dear Pacific Forum Patrons and Friends,
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of a charter member of the Pacific Forum's Board of Governors, Dr. Robert A. Scalapino, the Robson Research Professor of Government emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Bob passed away on Monday, Nov. 1, in Oakland, of complications from a respiratory infection. He was 92.
If you have had even a passing familiarity with East Asia security issues anytime in the past 60 years, you have been mentored, at least indirectly and more likely directly, by Bob. He taught us all and we are all richer for the experience. He will be sorely missed.
Bob Scalapino was a leading expert in Japan studies, and advised three American presidents and numerous governmental groups on foreign policy relating to Asia. He edited Asian Survey, the seminal journal of contemporary East Asian politics, from 1962 to 1996. In 1978, he founded the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), one of UC Berkeley's largest and best endowed research units, and served as its director until retiring in 1990.
Bob Scalapino was born Oct. 19, 1919, in Leavenworth, Kansas, and his family moved in 1929 to Santa Barbara. Midway through college, he decided to specialize in politics and international relations between the United States and Europe. After Pearl Harbor, he went into the military as a Japanese language officer at the US Navy Language School in Boulder, Colo., beginning his immersion in East Asia.
Bob was an indefatigable world traveler, making 62 trips to the People's Republic of China alone. Name a place and Bob has been there, probably in the past two years; age was always a state of mind to Bob and not a hindrance to his travels. He wrote well over 500 articles and some 40 books. In his memoirs, From Leavenworth to Lhasa - Living in a Revolutionary Era (2008), he said he started his college teaching career in 1940 to pay for graduate school. At that time, he met Dee Jessen, and the two wed in 1941, remaining married until her death in 2005. They raised three daughters: the late poet Leslie Scalapino; Diane Jablon of Los Angeles; and Lynne Scalapino of Berkeley, Calif. He is also survived by five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A December memorial is being planned, and details will be announced later. Donations in Bob's memory can be made to the "Robert A. Scalapino Fund" at IEAS, benefiting undergraduate students at UC Berkeley with an interest in East Asian studies. Contact Rochelle Halperin at halperin(at)berkeley.edu for details.
Rest in peace Bob. You have been a teacher and a role model to us all.