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Obituary: Janis Edwards

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 16, 2015 - 2:55pm

Obituary: Dr. Janis Edwards

On November 22, 2015, Dr. Janis Edwards, Associate Professor Emerita in
the Department of Communication Studies, at The University of Alabama,
passed away after an extended illness. She was 66 years old.

She did not live to see the first woman president, yet she was able to
write and to edit essential works charting that increasing possibility.
She did not have a vast network of friends, yet had a smaller cadre of
people who loved her warmly and deeply. She was not always pleased with


Benedict Anderson

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 15, 2015 - 2:52pm

Benedict Anderson, "a hugely respected author and scholar" whose best-known book, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, was first published by Verso in 1983 and became "an instant classic," died December 12. He was 79.


Obituary- Bruce Gronbeck

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 11, 2014 - 1:22pm

John Bowers (submitter),

Obituary- Bruce Gronbeck

I learned from the University of Iowa that Bruce Gronbeck died last
night. He and Wendy were in Iowa City where Iowa was honoring Bruce with
an alumni award.

As it happens, I had been asked to contribute a few words to that
occasion. Here they are:

I've known Bruce Gronbeck since 1963. He came to Iowa as a beginning
graduate student, and I was starting my second year on the faculty. He
took a course or two from me, and I was a member of his doctoral


Ernesto Laclau passes away at 78

Submitted by syntaxfactory on April 14, 2014 - 5:30am

Ernesto Laclau passes away at 78


Historian and political theorist Ernesto Laclau has passed away after suffering a stroke in the Spanish city of Seville, at 78 years of age.


Bill Coggin Passes Away, too

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 11, 2014 - 8:00am

Bill Coggin died on February 9, 2014, at his home in Bowling Green. He was born on December 3, 1948 in Malvern, Arkansas, to Bertha (Davis) and William Coggin. He is survived by his wife, Betty. He is also survived by their two sons, Robert and Martin; daughter-in-law, Hadley, four beloved grandchildren, Grace, Maggie, Emmett and Colleen; and brother, Charles.


Winifred "Win" Bryan Horner passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 7, 2014 - 1:51am

Winifred "Win" Bryan Horner passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Columbia.

A celebration of Dr. Win Horner's life will be held in the spring.



RIP, Cohen

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 25, 2013 - 8:12pm

Herman Cohen December 29, 1924 December 22, 2013 Herman Cohen, 88, of State College, died Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia. Born December 29, 1924, in Superior, Nebraska, he was the son of the late Morris and Dora Shvartsman Cohen. In 1947, he married Marlee Hollander who survives in State College. He is also survived by two children, Bob Cohen and his wife, Regina, of Medford, NJ, Matthew Cohen, of Santa Clarita, CA; a brother, Edward Cohen and his wife, Phyllis, of Ocala, FL; and four grandchildren, Bobby, Sara, Kristina and Jennifer Cohen.


Susan Miller

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 23, 2013 - 9:55pm

I'm shocked and saddened to bring you the news that Susan Miller, of the University of Utah, has passed away of cancer. Susan was a member of CCCC for over 40 years and contributed in immeasurable ways to the profession through her mentoring of students, her award-winning books and dozens of articles and book chapters, and many leadership roles. I for one will sorely miss her soft-spoken but so, so insightful eloquence. I'm sure that colleagues at Utah will send us more about this sad news.


Chris M. Anson
University Distinguished Professor



Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 29, 2013 - 2:12pm

The Aune memorial can be seen here:

From JM: Please find the link to the video of Jim's department memorial. This video will continue to be available on the media matrix website indefinitely and is downloadable. No log on is required to view the video, so pass it along to anyone who might like to watch.


The Contributions of Gary Tate, who died today, from CompPile --db

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 11, 2012 - 5:20pm

The Contributions of Gary Tate, who died today, from CompPile --db

Writing is the basis of the education system.The academy needs people who will attempt to tell the truth, briefly,
simply, directly. -Dr. Gary Tate
Dr. Gary Tate, an outspoken pioneer, is the definitive base from which composition studies of the 1970′s as a