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LINGUIST List 21.535

Wed Feb 03 2010

All: Obituary: Arthur J. Bronstein

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        1.    Lawrence Raphael, Obituary: Arthur J. Bronstein

Message 1: Obituary: Arthur J. Bronstein
Date: 03-Feb-2010
From: Lawrence Raphael <raphaeladelphi.edu>
Subject: Obituary: Arthur J. Bronstein
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It is my sad duty to inform you of the death last week of Professor
Emeritus Arthur J. Bronstein at his home in Oakland California at the age
of 94. Arthur’s association with the City University of New York spanned
the years from 1937 to 1983 and included appointments at CCNY (1937-1938),
Queens College (1938-1968), and Lehman College (1968-1983). He was also a
member of the doctoral faculties in Speech and Hearing Sciences and
Linguistics at the Graduate School of CUNY and was instrumental in the
founding and shaping of those programs. He is, perhaps, the only person to
have served as the Executive Officer of two doctoral programs, heading the
Speech and Hearing Sciences program from 1969 to 1972 and the Linguistics
Program from 1981 to 1983. His administrative experiences also includes
serving as Acting Dean of the Faculties and Acting Dean of Humanities at
Lehman College from 1972 to 1978. Arthur was one of the organizers and
founders of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was
a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Arthur Bronstein’s was notably active as a scholar, publishing several
books and many articles on subjects as diverse as historical
linguistics/phonetics, reading, sociolinguistics, lexicography and the
history of the phonetic sciences. His phonetics text, The Pronunciation of
American English (1960) was widely adopted throughout the United States. He
served on the Editorial Boards of the American College Dictionary and The
Random House Dictionary of the English Language as a pronunciation editor. His
contributions to scholarship also include the mentorship of many students
and colleagues who went on to become notable scholars in their own rights.
Arthur had the ability to motivate those around him to commit impressive
acts of scholarship. His scholarship took him to the Universities of
Hawaii, Tel-Aviv and Trondheim as a Fulbright Scholar and as a visiting

Many of us, however, will remember him best for his work in the classroom:
Any course devised, organized, and taught by Arthur J. Bronstein was a
work of art. Students (and faculty, who often attended) had the opportunity
to learn as much about how to teach a course as about the subject matter of
the course. For most of us, he was and is the gold standard with regard to
teaching. He will be sorely missed.

Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Ms. Nancy Bronstein at

4165 Fruitvale Ave
Oakland, CA 94602

Lawrence J. Raphael
Adelphi University
Professor Emeritus, The Graduate School and Lehman College, CUNY

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