We lost our dear friend and colleague Emmon Bach on November 28th, 2014. The announcement from our departmental website is reproduced here, the WHISC announcement is here, Barbara Partee’s language log announcement is here, and a memorial page set up by Jim Blevins, connecting to pages about the June 2014 Emmonfest in Frankfurt, can be found here. This is the main memorial page for Emmon. You are welcome to share your thoughts as comments on this page (don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear right away – it may need to be approved).
Other announcements and obituary notices: LAGB Forum, LSA News, University of Oxford, University of Texas. Also SSILA, the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas, of which Emmon was president when he died, has an obituary notice here, and then a post showing the flowers they sent to the funeral and the tribute Pat Shaw wrote to go accompany the flowers. Those who were at the funeral saw them and appreciated them greatly, as well as the flowers from the UMass Linguistics Department and a number of other floral tributes.
Another place where tributes, reminiscences, and photos are appearing is Emmon’s Facebook site.
From Barbara’s language log post: “Emmon will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by generations of family, friends, colleagues and students. His passing leaves a big hole, but he left us more than a hole-ful of riches to be grateful for.”