[INDOLOGY] [RISA-L LIST] Passing of Ludo Rocher

Jan E.M. Houben jemhouben at gmail.com
Sat Nov 12 09:03:48 UTC 2016

Belated condolences to Prof. Rosane Rocher and to family, colleagues and
students of Prof. Ludo Rocher.
Jan Houben


Directeur d’Études

Sources et histoire de la tradition sanskrite

*École Pratique des Hautes Études*

*Sciences historiques et philologiques *

54, rue Saint-Jacques

CS 20525 – 75005 Paris

johannes.houben at ephe.sorbonne.fr



On 3 November 2016 at 20:58, Olivelle, J P <jpo at austin.utexas.edu> wrote:

> Dear Friends:
> To add to the fine eulogy of Fred, the last book authored by Ludo was
> published just a couple of months before his passing, thanks to the work of
> our colleague Federico Squarcini:
> *Vyavahārasaukya: The Treatise on Legal Procedure in the Ṭoḍarānanda
> composed at the Instance of Ṭoḍaramalla during the Reign of Akbar.*
> Firenze: Società Editrica Fiorentina, 2916.
> His *Keine Schriften *were edited by Don Davis:
> *Studies in Hindu Law and Dharmaśāstra. *London: Anthem Press, 2012.
> With best wishes,
> Patrick Olivelle
> On Nov 3, 2016, at 2:42 PM, Smith, Frederick M <frederick-smith at uiowa.edu>
> wrote:
> Dear RISA-L sahṛdayas,
> Several of Professor Ludo Rocher’s former students learned this morning of
> his passing last night, at age 90, peacefully, at his home in Philadelphia.
> Ludo was more than a mentor and guide for his students, myself included. He
> was a lifetime friend and a role model of scholarship, elegance,
> positivity, dignity, and, not least for many of us, of how to act in a most
> congenial manner as a department chair in the face of truculent
> administrators and colleagues. He was the chair of the Department of
> Oriental Studies (later renamed Asian and Middle Eastern Studies), and the
> Department of South Asian Studies, at the University of Pennsylvania for
> twenty-four years, and taught actively for nearly forty years, from
> 1966-2004. He mentored not just his own students, but many of his students’
> students. He was a paragon of knowledge, virtue, and love for his work. He
> was born in Antwerp in 1926, spent several years in India in the 1950s,
> then returned repeatedly, usually to Kolkata. Much of his work took him to
> archives in London, Germany, and elsewhere. He is survived by his wife, the
> wonderful Rosane Rocher, whose indefatigable love and ministrations kept
> him alive and at work for at least fifteen years beyond what was expected
> at the time. Rosane was not just his wife, but collaborator on many of his
> works, in addition to being a fine scholar in her own right. Ludo was one
> of the most visible and important scholars of Dharmaśāstra of the twentieth
> and twenty-first centuries. I will leave it to others to add more. I will,
> however, add only one note – His Sanskrit was awesome, his versatility was
> unparalleled, and he constantly made the most difficult passages completely
> transparent through his complete understanding of the grammar and the
> lucidity of his presentation, whether it was in graduate classes, in is
> careful reading of dissertations, or anything in his extravagantly long
> list of publications. Hopefully, this list. Including his most recent book,
> published this year(!), will be forthcoming soon.
> Kind regards
> Fred Smith
> University of Iowa
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