Titus, Professor Emeritus of Government, died on June 13, 2006.
Professor Titus taught at Wesleyan from 1966 until his retirement in 2004,
serving as chair of the Government Department, the College of Social
Studies and the East Asian Studies Program. He played a crucial role in
establishing East Asian Studies at Wesleyan; he served as Resident Director
of the Kyoto Program three times, and was a member and frequent chair of its
Executive Board. His masterwork was his Palace and Politics in Prewar Japan,
which established his reputation as a leading scholar of Japanese politics;
it was translated into Japanese in 1979.
Professor Titus as an avid birdwatcher, and a vital participant in the
Mattabesset chapter of the Audubon Society, which he also served as
president. Until his recent stroke, he loved to play the violin, enlivening
numerous campus occasions over the years.
He is survived by two sons, Brian and Jeffrey, a daughter in law, Rie, and
two grandchildren, Sion and Neo. A memorial service will be scheduled in the
Memorial donations may be sent to the Mattabeseck Audubon Society, c/o
Alison Guinness, DeKoven House, 27 Washington St., Middletown, CT 06457.