[INDOLOGY] Re: Very sad news: David Seyfort Ruegg

Tieken, H.J.H. H.J.H.Tieken at hum.leidenuniv.nl
Sat Feb 6 12:50:53 UTC 2021

Dear List members,

In 1970, still at secondary school, I went to the Kern Institute in search of more information about the study of indology. The Kern Institute and its library were at the back of the Museum of Ethnology. There was no doorbell. So I knocked, and nothing happened, So I knocked again, and finally the door was opened by a friendly man, who showed me the way to the librarian-secretary (at that time Mw. de Beurs). The friendly man returned to his place at the table in the library, which happened to be close to the door. Later I was to learn that he was Seyfort Ruegg. He was a mystery figure. At least, to me as a student his association with the Kern Institute was not clear, and in the course of my first year he disappeared altogether – and so did his large car from the parking place, a Jaguar or a Bentley, I do not remember.


Herman Tieken
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Van: Jonathan Silk <kauzeya at gmail.com>
Verzonden: vrijdag 5 februari 2021 14:03
Aan: Indology
Onderwerp: [INDOLOGY] Very sad news: David Seyfort Ruegg

Dear Friends
I am afraid that I do not have the details we would perhaps like to know, such as the exact date, but the bare news is that at the age of 89, David Seyfort Ruegg has passed away in London. The immediate cause was Covid.
I hope and expect that those with more detailed information will more fully inform us in the coming days. I know nothing of any possible funeral or memorial arrangements.

In sadness,

J. Silk
Leiden University
Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, LIAS
Matthias de Vrieshof 3, Room 0.05b
2311 BZ Leiden
The Netherlands

website: www.OpenPhilology.eu<http://www.OpenPhilology.eu>
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