In Memoriam

January 28, 2021

In Memoriam

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We are saddened to share that two of our faculty colleagues passed away in 2020.

Professor Emeritus Mike Geis passed away in December 2020. Mike joined the faculty at Ohio State in 1971, served as department chair until 1975, and retired in 1995. Mike was a central contributor to the syntax and semantics programs in the department and was a recognized leader in the scholarship of linguistic meaning in context.

Former professor David Stampe passed away in June 2020. David joined the faculty at Ohio State in 1966 and moved to the University of Hawai’i in 1984, where he retired in 2010. David was a central contributor to the phonology program in the department and was recognized as the inventor of the theory of Natural Phonology.

The Department of Linguistics remembers and recognizes these colleagues and their contributions to the field and the early years of our department.