Frans.Plank at UNI-KONSTANZ.DE
Tue Apr 13 18:53:12 UTC 1999
Some of you may remember Jim McCawley from the Inaugural Meeting of ALT, at
Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country. It was a great honour, pleasure,
and intellectual asset to have him around as ALT was getting going. The
range and depth, the wit and enthusiasm of his impromptu comments were
rarely equalled by the talks that he would comment on. And it was not that
these talks (or later the papers that he helped review for LT) were all
fatally flawed: it was that Jim McCawley was in a class of his own, as a
scholar and otherwise.
It would have been so good to have him around a little longer.
> From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" <mufw at midway.uchicago.edu>)
> It is with great sorrow that I announce the unexpected death of my
> former teacher and wonderful colleague Jim McCawley from apparently a
> sudden heart attack last night, between 9:00 and 10:00 PM. He was
> walking and collapsed. An unknown student saw the fall and Jim was taken to
> the hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
> I am still in shock and trying to inform those who should know
> right away. I saw Jim last on Friday and talked with him in my office, after
> a faculty meeting. He looked normally healthy, quite energetic in fact.
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