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Storry, Richard (1913–1982)

Emeritus Professor Richard Storry, who had a long association with the University, died on 19 February at the age of 68.

He was Emeritus Professor of Japanese Studies at Oxford where he was Director of the Far East Centre at St Antony's College from 1970 till his retirement last year.

Professor Storry had a long connection with ANU where he worked from 1948-55 in the Department of International Relations.

It was during this period that he wrote The Double Patriots—A Study of Japanese Nationalism.

Friends said he was very good at getting the confidence of Japanese informants and collected an enormous amount of information by interviewing people who did not give interviews readily.

Sir Walter Crocker, who was Richard Storry's Professor while at ANU, writes that Richard Storry, an Englishman, shared with James Roach, an American, the distinction of being the first students of the ANU to take up residence in Canberra.

Both worked in International Relations. Both later acquired a great reputation; Storry in Japanese Studies at Oxford and Roach in Indian Studies at the University of Texas.

When Richard Storry arrived at ANU, Professor Crocker aimed at building around him (Storry) a group of people involved in International Relations, specialising in Japanese Studies.

After seven years, Richard Storry left ANU for Oxford to pioneer Japanese Studies there.

His novel, The Case of Richard Sorge, was a best-seller, but a best-seller based on the painstaking research of a scholar.

Storry was educated at Repton and Oxford and had a good war record.

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'Storry, Richard (1913–1982)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 11 August 2020.

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19 February 1982

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