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 <>
Subject: Obituary: Arthur J. Bronstein
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It is my sad duty to inform you of the death last week of ProfessorEmeritus Arthur J. Bronstein at his home in Oakland California at the ageof 94. Arthur’s association with the City University of New York spannedthe years from 1937 to 1983 and included appointments at CCNY (1937-1938),Queens College (1938-1968), and Lehman College (1968-1983). He was also amember of the doctoral faculties in Speech and Hearing Sciences andLinguistics at the Graduate School of CUNY and was instrumental in thefounding and shaping of those programs. He is, perhaps, the only person tohave served as the Executive Officer of two doctoral programs, heading theSpeech and Hearing Sciences program from 1969 to 1972 and the LinguisticsProgram from 1981 to 1983. His administrative experiences also includesserving as Acting Dean of the Faculties and Acting Dean of Humanities atLehman College from 1972 to 1978. Arthur was one of the organizers andfounders of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association and wasa Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Arthur Bronstein’s was notably active as a scholar, publishing severalbooks and many articles on subjects as diverse as historicallinguistics/phonetics, reading, sociolinguistics, lexicography and thehistory of the phonetic sciences. His phonetics text, The Pronunciation ofAmerican English (1960) was widely adopted throughout the United States. Heserved on the Editorial Boards of the American College Dictionary and TheRandom House Dictionary of the English Language as a pronunciation editor. Hiscontributions to scholarship also include the mentorship of many studentsand colleagues who went on to become notable scholars in their own rights.Arthur had the ability to motivate those around him to commit impressiveacts of scholarship. His scholarship took him to the Universities ofHawaii, Tel-Aviv and Trondheim as a Fulbright Scholar and as a visitingprofessor.

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 awork of art. Students (and faculty, who often attended) had the opportunityto learn as much about how to teach a course as about the subject matter ofthe course. For most of us, he was and is the gold standard with regard toteaching. He will be sorely missed.

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

4165 Fruitvale AveOakland, CA 94602

Lawrence J. RaphaelAdelphi UniversityProfessor Emeritus, The Graduate School and Lehman College, CUNY

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

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