December 31, 1933 - September 26, 2014 Abdul Kohar Rony, son of Abdul Ronie and Siti Fatimah of Palembang, Indonesia; brother of Hindun, Ismail, Rusdy, Romziah, and Zainal Arifin; husband of Minar Tobing Rony; father of Fatimah Tobing Rony and Dorothy Bintang Fujita-Rony; adored grandfather of Saenah Boch and Theodore Fujita-Rony; beloved uncle of Emile Zen, Elice, Rayendra, and Tota Tobing, Rudi, Daniel, and Adrian Rony; student of the Methodist English School in Palembang, he came to the U.S. on a one year scholarship to Monterey Peninsula College in 1954, B.A., University of California, Berkeley, M.A., Yale University; Indonesian Language Army Instructor; served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958, Southeast Asia Area Specialist, Asian Division of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. from 1962-2002, author of bibliographies, including Unveiling Indonesia: Indonesian Holdings in the Library of Congress, The Portuguese in Southeast Asia: Malacca, Moluccas, East Timor, and Vietnamese Holdings in the Library of Congress, and Indonesian Names; avid reader and memorizer of dictionaries; passionate bibliophile of Southeast Asian Studies; eternally curious, engaged, ebullient, humorous, articulate, and warm -- passed away on September 26, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. He spent his final days and hours with his beloved wife, daughters, grandchildren, other family and friends; he will be remembered, celebrated, and missed beyond measure. Visitation will be held at Forest Lawn Glendale on October 3, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; memorial service on October 4, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Hollenbeck Palms, 573 S. Boyle Avenue, Los Angeles. Donations in his name to your local public library would be welcome and appreciated.
Published in Los Angeles Times on Sep. 30, 2014.