[B-Greek] OBITUARIES: For John W. Wevers

James Ernest jdemail at charter.net
Wed Aug 4 12:20:21 EDT 2010

Forwarding from another list. I don't recall Prof. Wevers participating in
this list, but many will know his work on the LXX.
James Ernest

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Saturday July 31, 2010

REV. PROF . JOHN WILLIAM WEVERS Professor Emeritus, Near Eastern
Studies, University of Toronto, peacefully on July 22, 2010 at Toronto
Western Hospital, age 91 to join his wife, Grace (Brondsema). Born in
Baldwin, Wisconsin to Bernard Wevers and Willemina (Te Grootenhuis);
beloved father of Robert (Susan), John (June), Harold and James (Leah)
and grandchildren Scott (Shannon), Mark, Chris (Susan), Paul,
Charlotte and Katherine. Cherished brother of Wilma (deceased), Ted,
George, Clarence, Richard, and Rachel.

Visitation and reception on Friday, Sept. 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and a
memorial service on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2:00 p.m. both at Rosedale
Presbyterian Church, Toronto, 129 Mt. Pleasant Rd. (at South Dr.).
John became an active member of this congregation when he moved to
Canada in 1951 and served as Elder and Clerk of Session for many
years. John received his Th.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in
1946, and taught there for five years. Then he accepted a position at
the University of Toronto and worked there until his retirement in
1984. For much of the twentieth century Professor Wevers was the
internationally recognized scholar in the field of Septuagint studies.
He published thousands of pages of scholarship on the Bible including
the first five volumes in the standard critical text edition of the
Septuagint and hundreds of articles in professional journals. He was
President and Honorary President of the International Organization for
Septuagint and Cognate Studies. In addition he was editor-in-chief of
the Canadian Journal of Linguistics and book review editor of the
Canadian Journal of Theology. He gave guest lectures across Canada,
the United States, many European countries and South Africa. He was
awarded many honours: D.HC, Leiden University, Netherlands; D.D., Knox
College, Toronto; membership in the Akadamie der Wissenschaften,
Gottingen, Germany, and the Accademia Mediterranea delle Scienze;
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; the Queen's Jubilee Medal; Life
member of: Arts and Letters Club, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
and Canadian Teachers' Association of the Royal Scottish Country Dance
Society. Other activities included: site supervisor, archeological
excavation, Jerusalem; life-member and Chair, Board of Governors,
Central Hospital; Governor and Chair, Ontario Hospital Association;
Senator, Knox College, U of T; Chair, Administrative Council,
Presbyterian Church of Canada; President, Central Hospital Foundation;
Board member, John Milton Society for the Blind; and more. He was a
linguist who was fluent in German and Dutch, could communicate orally
in Arabic and French and could understand and write Latin, Greek,
Hebrew, and Aramaic and studied the grammar and sounds of many other
languages. He taught English on CBC TV 'Let's Speak English'. He wrote
Libretti for 'Job: a Musical Drama', 'A Psalmic Liturgy' and 16
Anthems for which his son, Harold composed the music. After taking up
residence on the nursing floor of New Horizons Tower, he served as a
floor representative on the Resident's Council.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Rosedale Presbyterian
Church M4W 2S3, or New Horizons Tower, 1140 Bloor St. W., M6H 4E6, or
a charity of your choice.

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