At the 1993 meeting of the American Oriental Society, Thorkild Jacobsen com- pleted his term as president of the Society and delivered a presidential address entitled “The Historian and the Sumerian Gods” ( JAOS 114 [1994]: 145–53). After the meeting, he returned to his home in New Hampshire. I spoke to him on Friday night, a week and a half after he delivered the presidential address. He had taken his presidential duties seriously and had worked hard preparing the lecture; now he was relaxing and reading novels and was in good spirits. He was pleased with his lecture and with the reception he had received from the membership of the Society.