Jacqueline Schachter, professor emerita of linguistics, died on October 22, 2011 of ideipathic pulmonary fibrosis. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, received her Ph.D. in 1972 from UCLA and taught at USC from 1971 to 1991 before coming to the UO in 1991. At Oregon she was the Director of the American English Institute and a Linguistics Department faculty until she retired in 1999.
Dr. Schachter’s primary research fields were second language acquisition and applied linguistics; she also had research interest in cognitive neurosicence and psycholinguistics. She bequeathed monies to the Linguistics Department which established the Jacqueline Schatcher Awards to undergraduate and graduate students in the department. The first awards will be given Spring 2013.
She is survived by her daugther, Leslie DeMeire, and three grandchildren, Katharine, Michael, and Dylan, and was predeceased by her daughter, Jana DeMeire, who was lost in the crash of Swissair Flight 111 in 1998.
Professor Susan Guion Anderson lost her battle with cancer on December 24, 2011 four days before her forty-fifth birthday. Professor Anderson was promoted to full professor shortly before her passing. She is survived by her husband, Dan, her children Augustus, Jane Bruce, Hanna, and Levi.
She had many gifts. Her intellectual gift was that she was an exceptionally clear thinker. This was evident in her writing, in her questions at talks and in her critiques of other’s papers. She also simply loved sound and she loved sound change. Her main research goal was to understand why phonological (sound) systems have the properties they do. She was of the opinion that typologically regular aspects of phonological systems have their origin in physical and cognitive constraints on language use and learning. One of her major interests lay in exploration of constraints on phonological structure and representation through empirical methods focused on sound change and language acquisition. Some specific areas of interest were: (1) the effect of the perceptual and production constraints on phonological systems as evidenced in sound change and bilingual systems, (2) the effect of age of acquisition on phonological learning and representation, and (3) the mechanisms for learning new phonological cateogies and their cognitive representations. In addition, she was committed to the collection of primary language data from a variety of languages to inform our understanding of phonological systems.
She brought a superabundance of grit and determination to her job, as well as an incredibly strong work ethic. The result was a record at her tenure review that documented a stunningly large quantity of peer-reviewed journal publications.