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SEASREP mourns death of Board Member Prof. Yoneo Ishii

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Prof. Yoneo Ishii, a highly respected scholar, adviser, trustee, and friend of SEASREP since the founding of the organization in 1995. All these years we counted on his wise counsel, his unstinting support, and his persistent efforts to keep SEASREP going amid various challenges. Prof. Ishii not only walked the extra mile; his wit and humor kept our discussions alive. We were privileged to have worked with him and will miss him.

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Diana Wong

Prof Ishii was a gentleman scholar of the old school and an inspiration to all those who knew him, even slightly. His passing is a great loss to the SEAsian community of scholars, to whom he contributed so much.

Ruth McVey

What terrible news! Though I was prepared for the worst with the announcement that Prof. Ishii was to have a heart operation, his subsequent e-mail to you was so positive and full of his habitual energy that it seemed impossible he would not fully recover and continue to be SEASREP's invaluable source of advice and support. Indeed, though I'd known him for some four decades, he had never seemed to age--never lost his drive, his optimism, his sense of humour, his understanding and his willingness to help. But alas, his time came too. His passing is a great loss for those who knew him, for SEASREP as an organization, and for scholarship on Southeast Asia; I hope, though, that his memory will serve us as a continuing source of inspiration and strength.

Mya Than

Our condolence to the family of Prof Ishii.We lost one of the top academics in the world.I feel so sorry for his demise.

Alan Feinstein

This is a terrible loss to SE Asian studies worldwide. He was a remarkable man and a great friend and supporter to many, many scholars and friends, of all ages and places. He will be sorely missed and very fondly remembered.

Yekti Maunati

It is very sad condolence to his family.

Melani Budianta

I felt the loss of [Prof. Ishii] very dearly. I got to know Prof. Ishii personally only during the two years I was serving as the SEASREP selection committee. However, I was so deeply impressed by his great stature as a scholar, his humble and friendly attitude, his wit and humour, and his gentle leadership. Prof. Ishii will be the inspiration of younger generation of scholars in the region.

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