David Keightley (1932-2017)

We have lost a giant in Chinese studies. David Keightley was a wonderful person and scholar whose work on ancient China and its antecedents inspired me a lot, and is highly relevant to modern China studies, too, especially because of the intense struggles today, over how to understand China’s past. I was lucky to meet him one last time, when he graced my presentation on just that topic, at Berkeley two years ago. In sadness, Magnus Fiskesjö <nf42@cornell.edu>


From: emedch-l-request@usc.edu 

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 1:53 PM

Subject: The Passing of David Keightley

Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the death of David Noel Keightley who passed away at 3:00 am on Thursday, February 23.  David was a world renowned expert on the Shang Dynasty and Oracle Bones.  He was also a much beloved instructor and towering intellect.  He was certainly one of the best teachers that I have ever had.

The memorial service will be held on March 25 at 11:00 am at the Sunset View Mortuary and Cemetery, 101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530.

With much sorrow,


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