“Darrell was always a good friend to the people of Vanuatu, and was a great contributor to the building of our nation,” lamented Acting Prime Minister Ralph Regenvanu. The late Professor Tryon’s work on the research of Vanuatu languages began in 1969. He published a few books on Vanuatu languages including Bislama and is renowned for his tremendous foundation role in advancing knowledge, promoting understanding, and fostering research on the languages of Vanuatu. He was well respected and called by the chiefs and elders of Vanuatu from Torres in the far North to Aneityum in the far South as the “dokta blong kastom”. He passed away in Canberra at the age of 70.
[The photograph and text above are extracted from a post to the website of the Vanuatu High Commission in Canberra. You may read other tributes to the late Professor Darrell Tryon by his colleagues at The Australian National University: Professor Malcolm Ross (Pacific Linguistics) and Professor Brij Lal (Pacific and Asian History). Please note that the ANU will host a commemorative ceremony for the late Prof. Darrell Tryon at University House, The Australian National University, on 11 September 2013.]