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TAMBIAH, Stanley Jeyaraj Who was born and raised in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, fifth son of Charles Rajakon and Eliza Chellana Tambiah, died after a long illness in hospice in Cambridge, MA on January 19, 2014. Raab Professor of Social Anthropology at Harvard University and Professor Emeritus, he is survived by his son, Jonathan, daughter-in-law Tina, grandson, Logan, of Cambridge, son Matthew of Boston, his younger sister, Beechi Appadurai of Colombo, Sri Lanka, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews living in Australia, England and the United States, and his former wife, Mary H. Tambiah of Cambridge. He was predeceased by seven of his original eight siblings: Dorothy Rajasooria, Satiavati Satianayagam, Padma Rajaratnam, David, Selvaraj, Thangaraj and Dharmaraj. Professor Tambiah was a distinguished social anthropologist and social theorist of South and Southeast Asia. His early work was on the Buddhist and political hierarchy in Thailand. In later years, after the onset of the ethnic violence in Sri Lanka in 1983 he wrote extensively about collective violence in South Asia, culminating in his landmark book, "Leveling Crowds." A man of wit, charm, sophistication and wide-ranging intellectual interests, he will be missed by his extended family, many friends and colleagues. Rest in Peace. His funeral service and interment are private. A public memorial service will be held in the Church at Harvard Yard at a later date. Arrangements by the Keefe Funeral Home, CAMBRIDGE. To send an online condolence visit
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Good Fighter against wrong ideas.
Deepthi Gunaratne
January 25, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rev. 21:3, 4 ~ Kim
January 23, 2014
We in the Department of Sociology at University of Peradeniya, where Prof. Tambiah began his career as an Anthropologist, deeply regret the death of this eminent Sri Lankan anthropologist. I was not fortunate to study under him, but always inspired by his work on Buddhism and ethnic violence.

Prof. Kalinga Tudor Silva
January 20, 2014
I remember him well from my students days in the department of Anthropology at Jonh's Hopkins University. His work on ethnic violence in SriLanka shall be a perdurable anthropological legacy. And I shall encourage my students to read his anthropological works.
Roberto Melville
January 20, 2014
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