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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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