Statement by President Bollinger on the Passing of Former Provost, Professor Theodore de Bary:

July 19, 2017

Ted de Bary was a truly great Citizen of Columbia on every level -- as an accomplished student, visionary scholar, and respected academic leader. By bringing classic Chinese and other Asian texts to our undergraduate Core Curriculum he showed how Columbia could build on its unique intellectual tradition by continuing to expand our perspectives on the world. To the last, he was a beloved teacher and friend who remained devoted to his alma mater. And for that, generations of fellow Columbians will always be grateful.

Tom De Bary, the late professor at Columbia University, stands on a cobble-stone lane between two lines of trees, wearing a light jacket, bow tie, and dark slacks, with a briefcase on the floor as he looks up into the sky.

Photo by Ports Bishop

In honor of Professor de Bary, the University will fly Columbia flags at half-staff on Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21.

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