August 19, 1999
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Daniel H.H. Ingalls, Sanskrit Scholar, Dies at 83


Daniel Henry Holmes Ingalls Sr., the Wales Professor of Sanskrit Emeritus and former chairman of the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, died of heart failure July 17 at Bath Community County Hospital in Virginia. He was 83 and a resident of Hot Springs.

Born and raised in New York City, Ingalls received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard and was an army officer in World War II. After the war, Ingalls returned to Harvard, where he worked as the Wales Professor of Sanskrit until 1952. He continued as a consultant and part-time professor until 1994. He won praise for his translation and commentary in An Anthology of Sanskrit Court Poetry, which contains some 1,700 Sanskrit verses collected by a Buddhist abbot, Vidyakara, in Bengal around A.D. 1050.

Surviving are his wife, Joanne; two daughters, Sarah Ingalls Daughn of Providence, R.I., and Rachel Holmes Ingalls of London; a son, Daniel H.H. Ingalls Jr. of Truckee, Calif.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 


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