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Memoir

Kenneth L Pike
Regents' Proceedings 528

Kenneth Lee Pike, Charles Fries Professor of Linguistics, has retired from active service as of May 31, 1979, after an active and highly distinguished career as a linguist, scholar, and teacher.

Professor Pike was born in Woodstock, Connecticut on June 9, 1912. He received the ThB from Gordon College, Boston in 1933. He first came to The University of Michigan as a student in the summer of 1937, and earned the doctorate under Professor Charles Fries, in 1942. He served in several capacities, post-doctoral fellow, research associate, and lecturers, before being made an Associate Professor of Linguistics in 1948. He was promoted to Professor of Lingustics in 1954.

Professor Pike's accomplishments and contributions to the field of linguistics coupled with his lifelong originality and energetic activity verge on the legendary. Dr. Pike started out as a missionary who had mastered the language of one of the Mixtec groups in southern Mexico; he has become not only a major theoretician, but the principal trainer of the largest and most active group of descriptive linguists that the world has ever seen.

He is an outstanding linguist known the world over for his many accomplishments. He has had first-hand contact with totally diverse types of languages, from high literary languages like Spanish and English, to languages of the Mexican and South American jungles, the great deserts of Australia, the highlands of New Guinea and the vast plateaus of South Asia. But he is not only a man of great practical experience of languages he is also a man of deep theoretical acumen, famed as a teacher and as a lecturer.

The Regents now salute this outstanding scholar for his many contributions to the University by naming him Professor Emeritus of Linguistics.