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-------------- Forwarded Message: -------------- From: Karen Wonders <email@example.com> To: H-NET List for Environmental History <H-ENVIRONMENT@H-NET.MSU.EDU>, Cynthia Melendy <cmelendy@CAS.USF.EDU> Subject: Richard Grove Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 08:34:03 +0000 It may not be widely known among environmental historians that one of our most accomplished colleagues, Richard Grove, late last fall had a very serious accident at Cooma near Canberra in Australia. As you all know, he is the author of "Green Imperialism," "the first book to document the origins and early history of environmentalism, concentrating especially on its hitherto unexplained colonial and global aspects." http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521565138. Richard survived the accident, but until this day remains in serious condition. Mark and Dian Elvin of the ANU, after one of their most recent visits to Richard in a Sydney hospital, sent a report which I here, with permission, excerpt. Karen Wonders Göttingen University "Richard has more response [than some months ago] to one's presence, some eye-tracking, some response to verbal requests such as doing neck-lifts on demand when lying on his back in the patients' 'gym', and the tube in his throat (tracheostomy) has been removed so that he now breathes under his own steam (as it were). The left side has good muscle tone, and is quite physically active. The right has notably poor muscle tone, and probably no independent power of response, but only when movement is a by-product of movement on the left. Something has damaged his left eye, though it would need an expert to say exactly what. His hair has regrown, very dark, and looks quite attractive in a sort of youngster's short-cut style. We had to cajole the staff gently into cleaning out his mouth which was choked with whitish congealed stuff — looking a bit like 'thrush'. He does not eat independently yet, but needs a feeding-tube. From a talk with his social worker, it would seem that we won't know where he will ultimately be until later this year. There is talk of flying him back to the UK in June, and his wife, Dr. Vinita Damodaran, herself a fine environmental historian, will [again] be here over next week to look into this. Not the greatest of news, but there is a clear if slow improvement. There are now glimpses of his old character coming through at moments, which is heart-warming, but we can only hope for the time being that the old Richard will make it back all the way."