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Thu Jun 10 2004

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  1. Shobhana Chelliah, Obituary for Walter Spitz

Message 1: Obituary for Walter Spitz

Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 18:17:55 -0500
From: Shobhana Chelliah <CHELLIAHPO7.CAS.UNT.EDU>
Subject: Obituary for Walter Spitz

Members of the English Department at the University of North Texas
(UNT) note with sadness the death of WALTER LOUIS SPITZ in Thailand
January 4, 2004 of a heart attack. Walter graduated with a Masters in
English from UNT in 1984. He went on to get his Ph.D. in Linguistics
from Rice University in 1997. After teaching in Japan and Malaysia he
returned to UNT in 2001 where he taught for two years as Visiting
Assistant Professor. His students and colleagues remember him for his
quirky sense of humor, breadth of knowledge, intelligence, and passion
for literature and the study of Philippine languages. Several of his
former students and colleagues from UNT attended the memorial service
which was held for him on January 17th at Faith Lutheran Church in his
hometown of Stephenville, Texas.

Shobhana L. Chelliah, 
Associate Professor
Linguistics Division, 
University of North Texas

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