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In Memoriam

Linguistics department members who have left us too soon.
Steve Lapointe

Steve Lapointe

Steven Lapointe, a professor who specialized in the study of words, particularly in the study of phrases and sentences, had been on campus since 1991. He passed away in February of 1999 at 47 years of age.

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Lenora Timm

Lenora Timm

Lenora “Nora” Timm, a professor emerita of linguistics and former associate dean of Graduate Studies, died Nov. 22, 2016, at age 73 after a recurring battle with cancer. She was an internationally known expert on Breton, an endangered Celtic language of Brittany in northwest France.

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Gwendolyn (Tippy) Schwabe

Gwendolyn (Tippy) Schwabe

Professor Schwabe was responsible for bringing English as a second language (ESL) instruction to UC Davis and overseeing it throughout the 70s and 80s. She also taught graduate courses in Linguistics on ESL pedagogy and has funded a grant that provides memberships in CATESOL (California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) for graduate students in Linguistics.

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Maximo Torreblanca

Maximo Torreblanca was a professor in Linguistics and the Department of Spanish. He passed away in February of 2018.

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