Abdul Kohar Rony
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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.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Sep. 30, 2014.
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January 21, 2015
Dear Minar,

I just saw a notice about your husband's death in the most recent Yale alumni bulletin. Saya turut berdukacita. I wish I had known you were living in LA. I was there with my family last August.
Alan Stevens
December 18, 2014
Dear Minar, what a sad surprise to read this news online. Hope to see you soon in CA. Joseph and Sharon 240-424-2720
Joseph Tobing
October 20, 2014
I'm deeply sadden by this...my condolences to his wife and family.

October 10, 2014
Our condolences with deepest respect to the whole family for the loss of your cherished father, husband and grandfather, from Lisa Cartwright, Lori Boatright, Sabina Goldfarb Cartwright, and Nilo Goldfarb Cartwright
Lisa Cartwright
October 3, 2014
Dear uncle love you so much... May God always BLESS YOU..
Rudi Rony
October 3, 2014
Namboruku Minar tercinta. Saya pribadi dan seluruh kel menyampaikan Turut Berdukaca atas dipang gilnya Amangboru Kohar. Salam beserta DOA dari kami. BAS.Tobing.
BAS Tobing
October 3, 2014
Namboru Minar yg baik, Timmity dan kel, Dorthy dan kel. Saya, Raphy Tobing, yg dulu sekolah di Columbia Univ menyampaikan ucapan rasa duka yg dalam atas kepergian amangboru Kohar. Kepergiannya menyudahi penderitaannya dan membawa dia ketempat yg selamanya amat menyenangkan. Puji syukur kpd Tuhan Jesus utk kehidupan amangboru yg sudah mewarnai keindahan serta membahagiakan kehidupan orang2 dilingkungannya. Dia seorang yg sangat istimewa dan penuh talenta karena itu kepergianya sangat menyedihkan dan membuat rasa kehilangan yg besar. Kiranya Tuhan Jesus menguatkan dan menghibur namboru dan kel. Salam
Raphy Tobing
October 2, 2014
Sincere condolences, Dr. Jay Lieberman
October 1, 2014
Our Cruising Days. We started our cruises with eating pempek Palembang.
Kohar, you broke my heart back in 1954 when you left for the States. You have been more a brother than a friend to me from our school days. We were almost inseparable.
Considering how you had suffered in the last few years, I take comfort in knowing that your struggle had ended and you now start to enjoy the life eternal with the Lord. One of these days, we all, will be gathered together again.
Gunawan (Seck Guan) Halim (Lim)
October 1, 2014
To tante Minar, Timmie and family and Dorothy and family, We remember Oom Kohar for his sense of humor, loving character and lively interactions about Life. As he was inquisitive, may that passion for truth did lead Oom to the Isa who is the way, truth and Life. and brought him to his Father. Comfort, Joy, Condolences from Nita Halim and family: Mike, Elisabeth, Ezra
September 30, 2014
He was such an accomplished man and I know his entire family will carry-on his legacy! Hugs to you, Fatimah & Saenah's!
Fatima Ishii
September 30, 2014
As Salamu Alaikum,
I am the husband of Desha Dauchan. May Allah bless brother Abdul Kohar Rony with Jannah Firdous!!! And may Allah bless Fatimah and the entire family with peace and comfort...
Jihad Abdus-Shakoor
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