Dr. Robert B. Valliant, 73

Photo taken by John Tichotsky in 2009. Courtesy of the UHM Library’s Russian Collections. Many thanks to Patricia Polansky, Russian Bibliographer.

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Robert B. Valliant on November 2, 2013 at his home in Barnwell, S.C.  Dr. Valliant was a scholar at UHM, specializing in Northeast Asia, Russian Far East, and Japan (politics, economics, social affairs).  He was born in Pecos, Texas.  After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served as an enlisted man in intelligence in Japan.  Following his military service, he pursued a bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas (1966), a master’s degree at UHM (1968), and then a doctoral degree in History at UHM (1974).  With a Fulbright-Hays Grant, he spent a year in Japan conducting research and writing.  Dr. Valliant served key roles in the former School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies (SHAPS) and the current School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at UHM.  He started at UHM as a researcher in SHAPS’ Soviet Union in the Pacific Region (SUPAR) Center in 1987, became the Director of the Center for Russia in Asia (CeRA) in 1993, and then from 2003 to 2009 served as the SPAS Director of Student Academic Services.  He conducted research and wrote articles on the Russian Far East; he guided master’s students in SPAS through the graduation process; and, he provided all of us in SPAS with various types of support from answering questions on graduation requirements to computer meltdowns and website snarls.  After retiring from UHM, he moved to South Carolina and settled in Barnwell.  Dr. Valliant is survived by his wife, Mary, stepson Christopher (Lisa) Wisner, and grandson Christopher.  Dr. Bob, as many of us affectionately called him, was our colleague and dear friend.  He charmed us with his sense of humor, warm smile, and hearty laughter.  We will miss him.