ACLS Mourns the Passing of Anthony C. Yu


The American Council of Learned Societies is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Anthony C. Yu, who died May 13th at the age of 76.

Professor Yu served on the ACLS Board of Directors from 1986 to 1994, chairing its committee on international programs for much of his tenure. He was awarded an ACLS China Studies Program Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1985 to work on the project, "Fiction Making in Hongloumeng (Dream of the Red Chamber)." His research on this topic resulted in Rereading the Stone: Desire and the Making of Fiction in Dream of the Red Chamber (Princeton UP, 1997).

At the time of his death, he was the Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and Professor Emeritus of Religion and Literature in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and in the departments of comparative literature, East Asian languages and civilizations, English language and literature, and the Committee on Social Thought. He had been a member of the Association for Asian Studies, the American Academy of Religion, the Modern Language Association, and the American Comparative Literature Association.

"Tony Yu was a stellar figure in Chinese studies and dedicated member of the ACLS board," said ACLS President Pauline Yu (no relation). "His keen intellect and thoughtful colleagueship remain cherished memories to all who he encountered. He was a very dear friend of mine. He will be greatly missed."