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Ronald Hilton 1911-2007: Third Anniversary of his Death (Richard Hancock, US) (John Eipper, USA, 02/20/10 5:52 am)

February 20th marks the third anniversary of the death of our Founder, Prof. Ronald Hilton. Richard Hancock writes to mark the occasion: I was one of Mr. Hilton's graduate students during four years at Stanford. I assisted with the publication of the Hispanic American Report, a monumental task--12 issues annually no matter what. The writing for the HAR was all done by students. I was responsible for covering Colombia during my first year, and Mexico for my remaining three years at Stanford. This was in addition to writing term papers for all of my other courses. I don't believe that any PhD program pursued at Stanford or anywhere else required more writing than Hispanic Studies. Ronald Hilton was a brilliant, complex individual who had more information at his fingertips than any other person I have ever known. He had complete command of Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Russian. He had a master's degree from Oxford, and had studied at the Sorbonne, Heidelberg, Perugia and Salamanca. I believe that he could have taught any course offered at Stanford in the College of Humanities. It his hard to describe Mr. Hilton's mental breadth. He was a generalist in that the whole world was his beat, but he could equal or excel many specialists in his knowledge of their particular field. He was not a showman who flourished his great brilliance, but went about his business as though his command of all his languages and cultural insights were the normal baggage of any intelligent person. We shall not see his likes again. JE comments: WAIS, or more precisely, the World Affairs Report, still carries the Hispanic American Report in its DNA. A day doesn't go by when I don't think of Prof. Hilton's legacy to the intellectual world. It is hard to believe that three years have passed since that quiet Tuesday morning when WAISer and Hilton neighbor Phyllis Gardner sent me the sad news of his death. He is still very much missed.


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