A giant in the field of Northwest Semitic Studies, Professor Anson Rainey, has died after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He is best known for his work in Biblical Hebrew and its cognate languages, historical geography, and historical issues more generally. He interacted with many and influenced an entire generation of scholars. I remember him best as the scholar who would give insightful yet often outspoken critiques of papers delivered at the annual congresses of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Chris Rollstone has a short piece on Professor Rainey here.