Obituary D.H.H.Ingalls

Michael Witzel witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Fri Jul 23 08:38:26 UTC 1999

I have the sad duty to inform you about the passing away of my predecessor,
Daniel H.H. Ingalls. He died last Saturday, July 17, of heart failure, at
Bath County Community Hospital in Hot Springs, Virginia. He was  83. He is
buried at Warm Springs Cemetery in Warm Springs, Va.

He was born and grew up in New York. He attended Harvard University and
graduated with a B.A. in 1936. After receiving a master's degree he became
a "Junior Fellow," a generous appointment that allows young (pre-)PhDs to
work unencumbered for three years on topics of their choice.

However, his fellowship was cut short  by World War II. Ingalls served as
an officer  in South Asia in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the
forerunner of the CIA, and with the Pentagon.

After the war he returned to Harvard, where he became Wales Professor of
Sanskrit in 1951. He retired in 1983 after some 35 years of teaching at
Harvard. During this time he was chairman of the Department of Sanskrit and
Indian Studies and served on many other committees.

Next to his colleague and fellow OSS officer, Norman W. Brown at
Philadelphia, he probably taught the largest number of  Sanskritists in
this country (cf. J.W. de Jong in Indo-Iranian Journal, c. 1985).

After his retirement, he moved back to Hot Springs, Virginia, where his
family owned "The Homestead Hotel". This resort, which served as internment
location for Japanese diplomats after the outbreak of the war with Japan,
had been bought a hundred years ago by Ingalls' grandfather, the president
of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Ingalls also was president and chairman
of the board of Virginia Hot Springs Inc., and of several other local

Ingalls is well known for his early work on Navyanyaya, his translation of
Vidyakara's collection of verses, and his more recent translation of the
Dhvanyaloka, all published in the Harvard Oriental Series, which he edited
from 1951-83 (see:

These are:

*Volume 40.
Materials for the Study of Navya-Nyâya Logic , by DANIEL HENRY HOLMES
INGALLS, Assistant Professor of Indic Studies and General Education,
Harvard University. 1951. pages 182. Royal 8¯. Out of print.
The materials consist of: biographical notes, an examination of some
theories and techniques of Navya-nyâya logic, Gangesa's Vyâpti-pañcaka,
Mathurânâtha's Vyâpti-pañcaka-rahasya, extract from Raghunâtha's Dîdhiti of
the section commenting on Gangesa's Vyâpti-pañcaka.

*Volume 44.
An Anthology of Sanskrit Court Poetry. Vidyâkara's 'Subhâsitaratnakosa':
translated by DANIEL H.H. INGALLS. 1965. Pages, 460. Royal 8¯. Price, $
40.00. Paperback edition 1968, $ 27.50

* Volume 49.
The Dhvanyâloka of Anandavardhana with the Locana of Abhinavagupta,
PATWARDHAN; edited with an introduction by DANIEL H. H. INGALLS. 1990.
Pages, 837. Royal 8¯. Price, $ 50.00

Surviving are his wife, Joanne; his two daughters, Sarah Daughn of
Providence, R.I, and Rachel Holmes Ingalls of London; and his son, Daniel
H. H. Jr. of Truckee, California. Note also the obituaries in The Boston
Globe of July 21, and the New York Times of July 22, 1999.

Michael Witzel
Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies
Harvard University, 2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02138, USA
(617) 495-3295   FAX:  (617) 496-8571, direct: 496-2990;
email witzel at fas.harvard. edu

Michael Witzel                          Elect. Journ. of Vedic Studies
Harvard University        
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