Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Today’s Sad News


Just received news of William Tyler’s tragically sudden and early death. It’s now up to us to pick up where he left off.
Dear Colleagues,

It is with great regret that I pass on the following notice (Jan. 3) of the death of Bill Tyler:

“William Jefferson Tyler, Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University, following a brief illness. Bill was a graduate of Kokusai Kirisutokyo/International Christian University and received his doctorate from Harvard University. Since arriving at Ohio State in 1991, he has been an active member of the department, the College and the University having served on various committees. A specialist in modern Japanese literature, he recently published Modanizumu: Modernist Fiction from Japan, 1913-1938, a volume that he edited and compiled for the University of Hawai'i Press. Over the years, he has gained an international reputation for his translations of valued Japanese texts into English including The Legend of Gold and Other Stories and The bodhisattva, or Samantabhadra. Throughout his career, he has received recognition for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, the Japan Foundation and Fulbright Hays.”

Bill was a truly fine teacher and colleague.

Philip Brown, Professor of History
Ohio State University

1 comment:

Ryan said...

I'm only just discovering Prof. Tyler's work and sad indeed that there will be no more of it. Interesting blog. Thanks for the postings!

From another Ryan from Phoenix (Tempe, actually), and student of Japanese literature and cinema.