Obituary: Ronald Duane Renard

Wed 29th Jul

Ron Renard, a former Honorary Editor of the Journal of the Siam Society (1999-2001), departed us in Chiang Mai on December 27, 2014. Born in San Jose, California, on February 28, 1947, he became, with patience, work and honor, a bridge between America and Southeast Asia where he passed away after a fight with cancer. In Chiang Mai, he leaves his wife, Dr Anchalee Singhanetra, and in California, one daughter with two grandchildren. In spite of the natural grief of separation, those who have regarded him as a colleague or a friend cannot but celebrate and thank this man for the gifts he left us through his work, his friendship, and his life. I became a friend of Ron, not because he was a scholar, and a good one, but because he was a normal man, dedicated and decent; though, in the end, I was happy to come to appreciate and even love … the scholar. He was a simple man; he often talked about being the only son of a director of the French Branch of the Bank of America in San Francisco and of a city clerk in San Mateo County. You knew immediately from his conversation that he was a genuine person, holding his parents in very high esteem. I even retain the impression that we could not have a meeting without him telling of, or alluding to, his father or his mother in one way or another. Searching for his roots, he went as far as exploring France for the places where his ancestors lived, testing, in passing, my ability to decipher and read archaic French in ancient legal documents dating to 1695. Alternately, he paid filial homage to his mother Lillian, the “Lily of the Valley” as she was called, by publishing her autobiography.

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