In memoriam Howard McKaughan

John Lynch johnlynch123 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 4 03:41:57 UTC 2013

Posted by Byron Bender and Bob Blust:

On the morning of Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013 Howard Paul
McKaughan, founder of the Department of Linguistics at the University of
Hawai'i, died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 91.  He will be best
remembered for his extensive work on Maranao of the southern
he also did fieldwork in the eastern highlands of New Guinea, and more
recently on the immigrant Iranun communities of Sabah, north Borneo.
Professor McKaughan was known for his hearty, open personality which
radiated warmth and humor, and for the kindness he showed to those students
who were fortunate enough to work with him.  After founding the Department
of Linguistics and overseeing the hire of key faculty members who laid the
foundations for its now famous tradition in Asian and Pacific linguistics, much
of his career was spent in higher-level administration.  Following his
retirement from the University of Hawai'i he continued to work for the
Summer Institute of Linguistics with the Iranun people of Sabah until
declining health forced this to end.  Thankfully, while there was still
time he was honored with a festschrift in 2010 in which over 40 of his
colleagues, former colleagues, students and friends expressed their
admiration for his remarkable gifts as both a scholar and a human being.

John Lynch, FAHA
Emeritus Professor of Pacific Languages, and Editor "Oceanic Linguistics"
University of the South Pacific
PMB 9072
Port Vila.  VANUATU
Phone: (+678) 25036    Mobile: (+678) 5920220    Fax: (+678) 22633
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