Dr. Gerald James Larson passed away April 27, 2019. He spent his 81st birthday in the ICU, and passed away peacefully, surrounded by family.
Dr. Larson was born April 24, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois and was living in Mission Viejo, CA at the time of his passing.
Dr. Larson was Professor Emeritus, researcher, and mentor to many graduate students within the Dept of Religious Studies for over 25 years at UC Santa Barbara. He chaired numerous committees, and served as both Assistant and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs over the course of his career. More recently he was Tagore Professor Emeritus of Indian Cultures and Civilization, Indiana University, Bloomington, where he was founding Director of the India Studies Program. He is the author or editor of twelve books and over 100 scholarly articles on cross-cultural philosophy of religion, history of religions, classical Sanskrit and South Asian history and culture. He is recognized as one of the leading experts in his field.
In the past 10 years, Gerry moved back to California with his wife Claire to be closer to children and grandchildren. They would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in June.
He is survived by a family that loved him deeply and includes his wife Claire; daughters Karen, Chandra and Jennifer; grandchildren Amanda, Grace, Samantha, and Ryan; and great-grandchildren Riley and George.
His family will always remember him as being charismatic and full-of-life, outgoing, warm, and loving. He always loved a good discussion or debate, appreciated and encouraged the diversity of people and their beliefs, and could often be found with a good single malt scotch or martini in his hand. “Cheers” Dad, we love you dearly.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Rancho Santa Margarita on May 18th @ 1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Organization for Rural Development, a charity supporting rural, poor women in India to achieve economic independence, Dr. Sisir Dhar, President, 12256 Wayside Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256 (IRA No 501 (c3) 81-27313), the Music Dept at St. John’s Episcopal Church, or a charity of your choice.
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"Classical Yoga Philosophy and the Legacy of Samkhya,"
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2018. 1028 pp.
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Book now out; available thru MLBD or Amazon (US or India); see pdf of Preface, item 173 of CV.
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|Dr. Gerald James Larson is Rabindranath Tagore Professor Emeritus of Indian Cultures and Civilization, Indiana University, Bloomington, and Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Larson is the author or editor of some twelve books and well over 100 scholarly articles on cross-cultural philosophy of religion, history of religions, classical Sanskrit and South Asian history and culture. His recent books include India's Agony Over Religion (SUNY Press, 1995, and Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1997), Changing Myths and Images (Indiana University Art Museum, 1997), and Religion and Personal Law in Secular India: A Call to Judgment (Indiana University Press, 2002, and Social Science Press, New Delhi, 2002). His most recent publication is Volume XII of the Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, co-edited with the late Dr. Ram Shankar Bhattacharya, entitled Yoga: India's Philosophy of Meditation (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2008). Also, a collection of essays has been published in his honour, Theory and Practice of Yoga: Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson, edited by Knut A. Jacobsen (Leiden: Brill, 2005; Indian paperback edition, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2008). During his career at UC Santa Barbara, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Academic Senate, UCSB (1989).
|Currently Professor Larson lives in Mission Viejo, CA, and can be contacted at email@example.com.|
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