My wife and I had been in China for three years, and I was not aware of Bob's passing until I visited Leiden University last week and heard the news. I found there a student using a framework from Bob and Ann to assess "fit for purpose" land administration. And I presented a paper on land tenure dualism in China that contained seeds planted by Bob and Ann when I studied under Bob at UW-Madison in the 1970's.
Bob planted many such seeds. He was a stimulating and challenging teacher, and brought a rigor to law and development that had often been lacking in earlier discussions. He was a good listener, which cannot be said for many such intellectual powerhouses. I was very fortunate to have had to opportunity to study with him and the other faculty members who formed a penumbra around the Land Tenure Center.
His passing is a great loss but he leave behind a remarkable body of insightful work. Thanks, Bob, and my fond regards to Ann and the family.