ASOR received the sad news that Prof. Anson F. Rainey (z’l), emeritus professor at Tel Aviv University, passed away today (Saturday, February 19, 2011). The funeral will be tomorrow (Sunday). The details were not immediately available.
Anson was a long-time, loyal ASOR member and one of the most accomplished scholars of Semitic languages in the history of our field. For me personally, he was a beloved teacher, adviser, and friend as well as a grandfather figure who cared deeply for my family and me. While his contributions to the field will live on for generations, he will be missed by many. An obituary will appear in a future ASOR publication, but we wanted to share this news immediately in the ASOR Blog.
Posted by Andy Vaughn (ASOR executive director)