PROFESSOR ALAN CROWN (AM)
Professor Alan Crown (RHS) with the Chief Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits, Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence (Great Synagogue) and Professor Suzanne Rutland at the newly opened Jewish College, Mandelbaum House in 1995.
From Left: Dr Neil Radford (University Librarian), Stefan and Felicity Einhorn (donors of the Malcha Einhorn Hebrew Lectureship), and Professor Crown and Sadie Crown, 7th March 1987
The establishment of Mandelbaum House took almost two decades of negotiations and was a crowning achievement. Professor Crown's expertise in Samaritan studies is well known, and his scholarship crossed many areas of Jewish studies. For five decades he was an internationally recognised scholar in the fields of Samaritan Studies, Biblical criticism and History, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish history. When his Festchrift was launched in 2004, the event was attended by many of his past students whose work was featured and who are now scholars in their own right. It included articles from an international coterie of scholars who included Ferdinand Dexinger and Reinhard Pummer (Samaritan Studies), Emmanuel Tov and Ian Young (Qumran), David Patterson, OBE (Hebrew literature), David Patterson (Philosophy), Eliyahu Honig (Zionism), Serge Lieberman, Suzanne Rutland and Raymond Apple (Australiana). Professor Crown had headed the Department of Semitic Studies for many years and introduced new courses that included Yiddish and the Jewish Civilization and Culture unit. His publications in Jewish codicology are at the "cutting edge" of scholarship and he did extensive bibliographical work in Samaritan Studies and Judaica as well as contributing to many published volumes. He is fondly remembered by past students and colleagues and scholars round the world and by the Israeli Samaritan community. The Archive of Australian Judaica which he founded in July 1983 at the University of Sydney in the Fisher Library continues to assist writers, film makers and students. It is funded by the Mandelbaum Trust which he set up.
May his memory be a blessing!
Professor Crown with his wife Sadie