Academic journal article Southeast Review of Asian Studies

In Memory of Professor Derek John Waller, 1937-2009

Academic journal article Southeast Review of Asian Studies

In Memory of Professor Derek John Waller, 1937-2009

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Professor Derek John Waller, professor of political science emeritus at Vanderbilt, died at age seventy-two on December 31, 2009, in Sewanee, Tennessee, from pancreatic cancer. He was a long-time member of the Southeast Conference, serving as its president (1991-2), secretary-treasurer (1993-2001) and program chair (1987-8).

Professor Waller was born in Coventry, England, in 1937 and spent the war years in London. He received his undergraduate training at the London School of Economics and went on to earn a master's degree from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies. He taught at Vanderbilt University in the Political Science Department for over thirty years, directing its East Asian Studies program and developing the Vanderbilt International Studies Program in London. He also served as an associate dean.

Derek never lost his British accent or his British sense of humor--his SEC presentations were always standing room only, applauded for both his scholarly wisdom and his dry wit. …

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