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

Rosane Rocher rrocher at sas.upenn.edu
Sat Feb 6 15:29:18 UTC 2021

I remember David Seyfort Ruegg and his mother dropping in at our house 
in Brussels on his way from Paris to Leiden in 1965 or so. He did not 
say that he was about to take an appointment in Leiden. He struck us, 
besides being a serious scholar, like a gentlemen of means ready to 
pitch a comfortable tent at whatever place and institution would best 
serve his research at a particular time.

Rosane Rocher

“For there is always light/ if only we’re brave enough to see it/ if 
only we’re brave enough to be it”

Amanda Gorman, “The hill we climb”

On 2/6/21 7:50 AM, Tieken, H.J.H. wrote:
> 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
> Herman Tieken
> Stationsweg 58
> 2515 BP Den Haag
> The Netherlands
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> website: hermantieken.com <http://hermantieken.com/>
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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,
> Jonathan
> -- 
> J. Silk
> Leiden University
> Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, LIAS
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> 2311 BZ Leiden
> The Netherlands
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