Professor Donald McCallum, a distinguished Professor of Japanese Art History at UCLA and a longtime member of the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, passed away on October 23, 2013 after battling sudden metastatic prostate cancer.
Professor McCallum was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 23, 1939 and received his A.B. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1962 and his PhD in Japanese art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 1973. He began teaching in UCLA's Department of Art History in 1969 and built the program into a major center for the study of Japanese art.
One of the most influential scholars in the field, Professor McCallum's research interests ranged from early Japanese art, architecture, and archeology to medieval Buddhist art and 20th century modern painting. Among his key works are Zenkōji and Its Icon (Princeton UP, 1994), The Four Great Temples: Buddhist Archaeology, Architecture, and Icons of Seventh-Century Japan (University of Hawai'i Press, 2009), and, most recently, Hakuhō Sculpture (University of Washington Press, 2012). Additionally, he published more than 70 research articles and reviews in his career spanning more than four decades.
Professor McCallum was known for his commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. His former PhD students are now accomplished scholars in their own right who are teaching at universities around the country and abroad, including Yale University, Cal Poly Pomona, the University of Kansas, University of Maryland, Portland State University, University of Regina (Canada) and Taiwan National Central University. On October 12, all of Professor McCallum's former advisees and many friends and colleagues gathered at UCLA to pay tribute to his extraordinary career as a scholar and a mentor.
As a founding member of the Terasaki Center, Professor McCallum was one of its most active faculty members and played a central role in its development and growth over the years, serving as Acting Director and helping to shape its overall academic direction. His service to the university and to the field was extensive and also included his work as Director of the University of California's Tokyo Study Center from 1977-1979 and Chair of the Department of Art History from 1987-1990. He retired from UCLA in June of 2013.
Professor McCallum was a beloved colleague, teacher, and friend who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Toshiko, his son Kenneth and daughter-in-law Takayo, his daughter Sumako and son-in-law James Turner, and two grandchildren, Ella Sachiko and Jackson James “Froggy” Turner. A memorial service will be held at the UCLA Faculty Center’s California Room on November 23, from 2-5 pm.
The family has requested that those planning to attend the memorial please RSVP:
The Donald F. McCallum Memorial Fund has been established to support the Department of Art History and the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. Memorial gifts to support the fund can be made out to The UCLA Foundation and sent to:
Please indicate in the memo section of checks – IMO “Donald McCallum”
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Published: Monday, November 04, 2013
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