Tang Prize Foundation mourns passing of sinologist de Bary

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/07/16
By: S.C. Chang

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) The Tang Prize Foundation expressed its deep condolences

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Sunday to the family of William Theodore de Bary, winner of the 2016 Tang Prize in sinology, who passed away July 14 in his home in New York at the age of 97.

According to his daughter Brett de Bary, who came to Taiwan last year to receive the award on his behalf, his three children were with him at the time of his death, and his final hours were peaceful.

The Chinese studies scholar was able to watch some of the videos and DVDs of the 2016 Tang Prize with his children during his last weeks, his daughter said.

A towering figure in Chinese and Asian studies, De Bary was honored by the Tang Prize Foundation for a “remarkable academic career spanning over seven decades.”

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