[Ads-l] Dr. Ronald Butters

Grant Barrett grantbarrett at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 26 16:39:12 UTC 2021

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Dr. Ronald Butters
passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2021, aged 81, after a long battle with
cancer. He is remembered with great fondness and affection.

His many academic and professional accomplishments include great
contributions and participation in the activities of this society. Besides
being a mentor and friend to many, and a light-hearted presence at every
gathering, he was editorial referee for American Speech, 1980–81; member of
the editorial advisory committee, American Speech, 1983–90; editor
of American Speech, 1996–2007; general editor, American Dialect Society
publications and editor of Publication of the American Dialect
Society (PADS, the monograph series), 2007–10; and he published 34 articles
and reviews in American Speech.

His webpage at Duke University includes more about his career and


An obituary, information about memorials, and details about a service to be
held May 1, 2021, in Durham, NC, can be found here.


Grant Barrett
American Dialect Society
Vice President of Communications and Technology
grantbarrett at gmail.com

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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