Wilfred Lambert Featured on BBC Radio 4

Via Viv Rowett of SOTS-

You may be interested to know that Wilfred Lambert is expected to be featured on the BBC Radio 4 obituaries programme “Last Word” on Friday 9 December at 4 pm (repeated Sunday 11 December at 8.30 pm) [British time, of course] and the programme will probably be available on the BBC website after the first broadcast under “Listen again”.

Also, some of you have expressed an interest in hearing a recording of Wilfred’s funeral service so this should be available via the link below. In case this doesn’t work I’ll try to have the original email containing this file forwarded to you in the next day or two.

When you have successfully received it and pressed the green download button, ensure your headphones or speaker are connected then click on the file name “11_11_25_ …” that appears at the bottom of your screen. The 4 short tributes by Wilfred’s fellow academics come immediately after the second hymn.

https://rapidshare.com/files/2128820887/11_11_25_-_The_Funeral_of_Wilfred_Lambert.MP3

Thanks, Viv!

Funeral Arrangements for Wilfred Lambert

Via Jack Sasson-

Service of remembrance and thanks: 2 pm on Friday 25th November at the Christadelphian Hall, 43 Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham B32 2TL (opposite Quinborne library).

Cremation: 3.30 pm at the crematorium in Lodge Hill Cemetery, Weoley Park Road, Birmingham B29 5AA (entrance at junction with Weoley Avenue, Gibbins Road and Shenley Fields Road).

Refreshments: afterwards, at the Christadelphian Hall. (Those who don’t want to go to the crematorium are welcome to stay at the Hall.) Donations (instead of flowers) to: Tony Watkins, 93 Moat Road, Oldbury B68 8ED, UK. (Please make cheques payable to West Birmingham Christadelphian Ecclesia and write W.G.L. on the back.)

Sad News: The Death of Wilfred Lambert

Photo by me of Prof. Lambert at SOTS Winter Meeting, 2009

From Jack Sasson-

Diverse notices are coming to me that Wilfred Lambert, a giant among the giants of Assyriology, died earlier today. I will relay any details that come to me.

He’s right- Lambert really was a giant. May he rest in peace.

UPDATE:  Folk from SOTS (Lambert was a long time member) are sending in remembrances.  Here are a few, via Viv Rowett-

John Sawyer:   ‘He certainly was a great scholar but also great fun.  We had many happy times together, including a midnight race along the beach at Ostend. If I remember rightly, Jan (Hoftijzer) wasn’t far away on that occasion.’

John Day:   ‘He was always very kind and full of good humour (and academic gossip!), and always very willing to assist other scholars whenever thy needed his expertise. I recall myself when I was only 30 and just starting to write my first articles how he read my work with a critical but helpful eye, and drummed into me something I’ve never forgotten: the need to try and get to the bottom of any question one was considering, to consult the original sources in the original languages and not merely rely on secondary sources, and to try and get to the truth as opposed to merely following scholarly fashion!’

UPDATE II:  The Birmingham Post has an obituary dated Dec. 1, 2011 (when this post was updated).