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Dated: Thursday, 20 May 1999 To colleagues on h-latam: Robin Humphreys, the first Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies in London, sadly died at the age of 91 a fortnight ago. Below is an obituary notice from Professor John Lynch, his former colleague and successor both at UCL and at ILAS. Rory Miller R.A. (Robin) Humphreys, former Professor of Latin American History in the University of London, died on 2nd May 1999 aged 91. Robin Humphreys was educated at Cambridge and Michigan, and appointed to an assistant lectureship in American History at University College, London, in 1932. Even before the war he had begun to introduce Latin America into his teaching, and following wartime service in the Foreign Office he became, in 1948, the first Professor of Latin American History at University College and indeed in the United Kingdom. In 1965, when the University of London decided to establish an Institute of Latin American Studies, he was appointed its first Director: it was through his leadership that Latin American Studies were able to advance into mainstream of academic disciplines and secure acceptance as a major field of study. As a historian Robin Humphreys' writings were marked by originality and style, qualities which have made his books on the emancipation of South America, on British diplomacy in Central America, and on the evolution of modern Latin America a pleasure to read as well as to study. Many of his public lectures were collected together in a book of essays, _Tradition and Revolt in Latin America_. His final work of history, _Latin America and the Second World War_ (2 vols., 1981-82) is fruit of his personal experience of public policy in the Foreign office, his early access to primary documentation, and his awareness of Anglo-American rivalry as well as of the internal history of Latin America. He also designed some of the principal research tools of the subject, including a bibliography published by Chatham House, and two major source books of British documentation on Latin American independence. Having pioneered the subject in its frontier days, Robin Humphreys played an expert's role in the Parry Committee on Latin American Studies in the early 1960s, the point of departure for the expansion of the subject in British universities. From his Directorship of ILAS, he remained in the vanguard, creating new posts, building up libraries, and integrating the various disciplines in new courses and programmes. His former students recall his personal kindness; they also remember his inspiration to research and writing by his example and supervision and through the ILAS Seminar on Latin American History. John Lynch