2月22日（水） 「スポーツ基本計画（中間報告）などの「政策形成過程」の怪（？！） Riordanの訃報
Hart Cantelon has asked me to pass along the sad news about the passing of Dr. Jim Riordan. Please see below.
William James Riordan (1936-2012)
The academic world lost an outstanding personality on Saturday, February
11, 2012 with the passing of Dr. Jim Riordan. After a valiant and
determined battle fighting cancer, Jim died peacefully with his youngest
daughter Catherine by his side. He leaves to grieve an extended family,
including children Tanya, Nadine (Sean), Sean(Maya), Nathalie (Bruce),Catherine, grandchildren Marie (Matt) Perry, Chloe, Benedict Sebastian,Giselle, Imogen, Oliver, and great granddaughter Skye; siblings who know
him as Bill, sisters Marilyn (Dave), Jennifer (Bob); and numerous cousins,
nephews and nieces, Jim was predeceased by his brother Terry.
Jim was born in Portsmouth in 1936, grew up during World War II, and his war time memories during those impressionable years serve as a backdrop for several novels written for young adults, including The Enemy, 2001;
The Prisoner, 1999; and Sweet Clarinet, 1998. Sweet Clarinet was the recipient of the National Association of Special Education Needs (NASEN) Award and runner-up in the Whitbread Awards for the best children's book of 1998. The Prisoner was nominated for the Carnegie Prize, for the best children/youth book written in 1999.
While Jim was a prolific writer of children's literature, with more than 60 titles to his credit, academic scholars are most familiar with his equally expansive output of articles and books on contemporary sport. His Sport and Soviet Society: Development of Sport and Physical Education in Russia and the USSR (Cambridge University Press, 1977) remains the definitive English-language account of the development of sport in tsarist
Russia and the Soviet Union.
Sport and Soviet Society was the publication of Dr. Riordan's Ph.D.dissertation from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, England. His undergraduate joint honours degree in Social Science and Russian from Birmingham was the academic start of an impressive scholarly career. Born into a traditional working class family (his grandfather was a well-respected Portsmouth chimney sweep) Jim left school to work as a postman, barman, crate stacker, railway clerk, and on weekends, as a talented double bass player. It was only with his call-up to complete his obligatory two years of national military service, that his linguistic fluency blossomed. During service in the RAF he learned Russian and went
on to a prestigious university career as a lecturer in Russian language.
Dr. Riordan was equally fluent in French and German with an ability to present at academic conferences in any of his four languages. Prior to his tenure as a university lecturer, in August 1961, Jim travelled to Moscow where as a member of the British Communist Party, he was enrolled in the Higher Party School for two years. It was this period in Soviet Russia that Jim fell in love with the geography, culture and people of the various republics. In fact, before the collapse of the USSR,
Jim had visited every one of the 15 soviet republics, collecting stories, both written and oral. Like his youth war time impressions, this travel led to the authorship of Russian Gypsy Tales, 1986; Tales from Tartary,
1978; Tales From Central Russia, 1976; and The Mistress of the Copper Mountain: Folk Tales from the Urals, 1974.
After completing his studies at the Higher Party School, Jim stayed on in Moscow as a translator at Progress Publishers. He quickly gained the reputation as a highly skilled and competent translator and as a result, was given responsibility for the English-language editions of works written by the Russian elite of literature, such as Ivan Turgenev and his short story Mumu, and Vladimir Odoyevsky's Old Father Frost. While translation paid the bills, sport was always the subject of choice for Jim, be it as a footballer or badminton player with the Spartak Sports
society, a freelance correspondent covering the latest Moscow sports event for the British press, or hours spent in the Lenin Library perusing historical records of the development of organized sport in the county.
He returned to Britain in 1965, first as a lecturer in Russian at Portsmouth Polytechnic and then with the Centre for East European and Russian Studies, University of Birmingham (1968). While at Birmingham, Jim accepted a permanent lectureship at the University of Bradford in 1971. He remained at Bradford, for 18 years, gaining promotion as Professor of Russian Studies. In 1989, Jim returned to the south of England and his beloved
Portsmouth, having been appointed Professor and Head of the School of Language and International Studies, University of Surrey. While at Surrey, Dr. Riordan earned a fellowship from the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and expanded his workload to include Directorship of the International Sports Studies Centre. He taught at Surrey until his retirement as Emeritus Professor in 2002, but remained academically active with appointments as Honorary Professor in Sport Studies, University of Stirling, Scotland (2003) and Visiting Professor in Sport Studies, University of Worcester (2006).
Jim Riordan was awarded the ISHPES Award in 1999 as a tribute to his lifelong record of research in sport history. He was president of the European Sport History Assocation (2000) and in 1992, l'Universit辿 des Langues et Lettres de Grenoble presented him with the Diplome de Docteur Honoris Causa. His organizational skills and fluency in Russian led to his
appointment as Attach辿 to the British Olympic Team for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. As prestigious as all these administrative roles were, the highlight of Jim's administrative career arguably was his tenure as President, Portsmouth Football Club fan club for Pompey is "his team".
The sports academic community has lost an important member of the
fraternity and our collective thoughts and condolences go out to his grieving family and friends. Those who wish to express personal condolences may do so by e-mail to Tanya Riordan at
email@example.com. A celebration of Jim's life will be held in Portsmouth on February 28th. Messages should reach Tanya prior to that time.
In bereavement and respectfully submitted, Hart Cantelon
Professor Emeritus, University of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada