Dean Lung honored for his contribution to East Asian Studies at Columbia University


An article, "East Asian Studies at Columbia: the early years," by Wm. Theodore de Bary, (Columbia, Spring 2002, pp. 8-19), honors "those whose early, seminal contributions were relatively inconspicuous on campus at that time and whose careers were somewhat less celebrated in their own time than those of famous figures." One of those is Dean Lung, a servant of General Horace Walpole Carpentier, a Columbia trustee at the turn of the century.

On June 28, 1901, Dean Lung wrote to President Seth Low of Columbia University stating "I send you herewith a deposit check for $12,000 as a Contribution to the fund for Chinese Learning in your University." The first contribution to Chinese studies had been made only the year before by an alumnus and Trustee William Barclay Parsons in the form of a gift of Chinese books to the library. That same year the eminent scholar Abraham Valentine Williams Jackson urged President Low ro set instruction in Chinese studies. Wrote Wm. Theodore de Bary, "it was clearly the initiative of Dean Lung, and deep respect held for him by the Trustee General Horace Walpole Carpentier, that led te latter to contribute the substantial sum (for those days) of $226,000 to set up an endowment for Chinese studies." The endowment was established in memory of Dean Lung. The Chinese collection was housed as Dean Lung Library in part of the Low Library.



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