Manga Translation Pioneer Toren Smith Passes Away
Toren was always helpful when I had a question or wanted feedback on something I was writing. He gave me a generous, and he insisted honest, blurb for my first book The Anime Companion.
His name on a translation was enough to make me buy it, he chose what he translated and the choices were excellent.
Toren was also instrumental in showing anime to many San Francisco Bay Area science fiction fans at BayCon.
Yasuhiro Takeda in his The Notenki Memoirs has an amusing tale regarding Toren staying at a Gainax staff residence. One day the other occupants of this all male enclave were started to see something that had never happened before, an attractive young woman leave Toren's room in the morning.
For a list of what he worked on see the entry on him in the Anime News Network Encyclopedia.