Ladislav Zgusta: In Memoriam; NewsBank release is for May 31

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This is from the American Name Society and is perhaps of interest here as  
Please find  below some information about our recently deceased colleague, 
Ladislav  Zgusta. 
In Memoriam  Ladislav Zgusta 
On Friday, 27 April 2007, our colleague, mentor, and good friend Ladislav  
Zgusta passed away. He is survived by his wife, Olga, and two children, and his  
passing is a great loss to all of us at the University of Illinois,  
Born in Czechoslovakia in 1924 he survived two dictatorships, the Nazis  and 
the Communists. Immediately after the collapse of the “Prague Spring” he  
made daring, cloak-and-dagger escape with his family, via India, to the United  
States, where he joined the University of Illinois soon after as member of the  
faculty in Linguistics and the Classics. In 1986 he was appointed Director of 
 the University’s prestigious Center for Advanced Study.  
Professor Zgusta earned three doctor’s degrees. The first one in  Classical 
Philology and Indology from Prague University (1949), the second in  the 
Philology of Ancient Asia Minor from the Prague Academy (1964), and a third  “Dr. 
Habil” degree in Indo-European linguistics from the University of Brno  (1964). 
The three dissertation topics give only a limited indication of the  breadth 
of his work. He published eight books and monographs, edited or  co-edited at 
least another nine monographs, and produced more than 140 papers  and article, 
and more than 570 reviews, on a wide range of topics, including  Indo-European 
and general historical and comparative linguistics, synchronic  linguistics, 
typology, onomastics, and perhaps most important, lexicography. His  Manual of 
Lexicography, published in  1971 by Mouton, is still a standard in the field. 
His contributions have been widely recognized. He  served as Collitz 
Professor at the 1976 Linguistic Institute of the Linguistic  Society of America. He 
held Guggenheim fellowships in 1977 and 1983. He was an honorary member of  the 
American Name Society, a fellow of the Dictionary Society of North America,  
and member of the executive board of the Indogermanische Gesellschaft. He 
became  a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Science in 1982 and was  
elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992. 
Perhaps  the personally most significant recognition was his being awarded the Gold 
Medal  of the Czech Academy of Sciences for his work in Humanities in  1992. 
Most important, Ladislav Zgusta was a great  colleague and friend, known for 
his loyalty to the Department of Linguistics and  his marvelous sense of 
A comprehensive bibliography of Professor’s  Zgusta writing, up to 1994, can 
be found in these two  publications: 
Hock, Hans  Henrich (ed.) 1997. Historical,  Indo-European, and 
lexicographical studies:  A festschrift for Ladislav Zgusta on the  occasion of his 70th 
birthday.  Berlin:  Mouton de  Gruyter 
Kachru,  Braj B., and Henry Kahane (eds.) 1995. Cultures,  Ideologies and the 
Dictionary: Studies in Honor of Ladislav Zgusta.  (Lexicographica: Series 
Maior.) Tübingen: Max  Niemeyer. 
See  also: 
Ladislav Zgusta. Lexicography Then and Now: Selected  Essays. Edited by 
Frederic S. F. Dolezal and Thomas B. I. Creamer. (Lexicographica Series Maior.)  
Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 2006. 

Michael F. McGoff,  PhD 
Vice Provost - Strategic and  Fiscal Planning 
Binghamton University - State  University of New York 
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