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.