Passing of David Tod Roy

CEAS is saddened to learn of the passing on Sunday, May 29, 2016 of our esteemed colleague David Tod Roy, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

Here is an email from the Dean of the Humanities Division, Martha Roth:

"I report with sadness the passing on Sunday, 29 May 2016, of our colleague David Tod Roy, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Born in Nanjing in 1933 to American missionary parents, David Roy lived in China for much of his childhood and youth, returning to the US for college and graduate school at Harvard. He taught at Harvard and Princeton before coming to UChicago in 1967. He retired in 1999, but remained active as a scholar, researcher, and teacher. David Roy’s life’s work has been the publication of the complete and annotated edition of the Chin P’ing Mei in five volumes, published by Princeton University Press from 1994 to 2013. The sixteenth century sprawling novel is one of the most important novels of world literature. In articles in Tableau (https://tableau.uchicago.edu/articles/2013/08/lifetime-fascination) and the NYTimes (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/books/david-tod-roy-completes-his-translation-of-chin-ping-mei.html?_r=0), Professor Roy discussed his life, the novel, and and his work as a scholar." 

Martha Roth, will provide details regarding services and memorials. CEAS will be sure to forward any relevant information as soon as it is available. If you have any questions please email Martha at mroth@uchicago.edu

We extend our deepest condolences to Professor Roy's family and friends.