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LINGUIST List 17.2622

Fri Sep 15 2006

All: Obituary: Craig Chaudron, University of Hawai`i

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        1.    Bonnie D. Schwartz, Obituary: Craig Chaudron, University of Hawai`i

Message 1: Obituary: Craig Chaudron, University of Hawai`i
Date: 14-Sep-2006
From: Bonnie D. Schwartz <bdshawaii.edu>
Subject: Obituary: Craig Chaudron, University of Hawai`i

Professor Craig Chaudron, graduate chair in the Department of Second 
Language Studies at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, died Monday, 21
August 2006.

Craig Chaudron was born in 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri and was educated at
Wabash College (BA in philosophy and French, 1968) and the University of
Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (MEd in educational
theory, 1976; PhD in educational linguistics, 1982). Along the way, he
taught kindergarten in Denmark for four years and spent two years as a
visiting assistant professor at UCLA. He joined the faculty of the
Department of ESL (later, Second Language Studies) at the University of
Hawai`i at Manoa in 1983 and became a full professor in 1994. During his
23 years at UHM, he served as department chair (1990-1994) and graduate
chair (1998-2006), among extensive other services to the department and
university. His wife, Dr. Lucía Aranda, has also been a member of the UH
community since 1992.

Craig specialized in second language classroom research, second language
research methods, applied psycholinguistics and discourse analysis. An
excellent language learner, he was a fully accomplished speaker of three
languages besides his native English (Danish, French and Spanish) and also
spoke another three quite well (German, Norwegian and Swedish). He was a
meticulous researcher who set rigorous standards for his own work, as well
as that of his students, for whom he was a fine, caring mentor. He was
well known for investing enormous effort in providing careful support,
detailed feedback and wise advice. In the words of Shulan Ouyang, former
student, ''The world has lost a dedicated scholar; a teacher who spent so
much time giving suggestions to students; a mentor who helped international
students feel at home; and above all, a person who was kind, kind, kind.''

Craig is perhaps best known internationally for his book Second Language
Classrooms: Research on Teaching and Learning (Cambridge University Press,
1988), which won the Modern Language Association Mildenberger Prize in 1990
and is still regarded as the seminal work in the field nearly 20 years
after its publication. Articles by Craig in leading refereed journals are
required reading for graduate students in second language acquisition and
applied linguistics around the world. His commitment to good work included
numerous visiting professorships and collaborations with scholars in
Europe, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Region, and across the U.S. He
served as the North American editor of the journal Applied Linguistics
(1989-1995), and he was twice an elected member of the Executive Board of
the American Association of Applied Linguistics, 1989-1992 and
2005-present. President of the association, Carol Chapelle, writes ''Craig
has been instrumental in the success of our national professional
organization.... We on the AAAL Executive Committee will miss our friend
and Secretary-Treasurer who has left us so unexpectedly and so early in his
term. Our profession will deeply miss our dedicated colleague who has
served in so many ways for so long.''

Craig was a devoted family man, happily married to Dr. Lucía Aranda, and
proud father of three children, Camila (age 15), Cara (age 14) and Nicolas
(age 7). Many others felt that they were part of his ''family -- Craig was
like a kind father to colleagues, students and friends over the years,
upbeat, gregarious, generous with his time, incredibly kind and
considerate, always ready to help. To say he will be sorely missed is a
huge understatement.

A UH campus memorial will be held Friday, 22 September 2006 at 4:45 pm in
the Orvis Auditorium (Music Complex).

Condolences and cards can be sent to:

Lucía Aranda
Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

A memorial fund has been established to recognize Craig's enormous
contributions to the University of Hawaii, the Department of Second
Language Studies, and to the field of applied linguistics. Tax-deductible
contributions can be made by sending a check or international money order
payable to:

UH Foundation (with a note indicating the Craig Chaudron Memorial Fund)
2444 Dole Street
Bachman Hall 105
Honolulu, HI 96822

Online donations can also be made via the UH Foundation website:
www.uhf.hawaii.edu ''make a gift'' section, by typing Craig Chaudron
Memorial Fund in the ''other program/account'' option.

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

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