In Memoriam

SIL has produced a number of distinguished linguists, of whom the best-known is Kenneth Pike. However, others have also contributed to linguistic theory, taught and mentored many younger linguists, produced notable publications, and exhibited admirable personal qualities. In this space, we honor those SIL linguists who have contributed significantly both to SIL and the larger linguistics world. In their lives, they exhibited outstanding scholarship as well as service to others.

  • Sarah C. Gudschinsky 1919–1975 -- SIL Linguist, Mexico & Brazil
  • Richard S. Pittman 1915–1998 -- SIL Linguist, Asia Area
  • Kenneth L. Pike 1912–2000 -- SIL Linguist, Mexico & University of Michigan
  • David D. Thomas 1930–2006 -- SIL Linguist, mainland southeast Asia
  • Desmond C. Derbyshire 1924–2007 -- SIL Linguist, Brazil
  • Velma Pickett 1912–2008 – SIL Linguist, Mexico
  • William R. Merrifield 1932–2008 -- SIL Linguist, Mexico
  • Benjamin F. Elson 1921–2009 -- SIL Linguist, Mexico
  • David Eugene Watters 1944–2009 -- SIL Linguist, Nepal
  • Angelina Helen Madrid 1943–2009 -- TAP Linguist, Philippines
  • John Paul Daly 1930–2009 -- SIL Linguist, Mexico
  • Carolyn Rensch 1932–2010 -- SIL Linguist, Mexico & Asia
  • Eugene Casad 1941–2011 -- SIL Linguist, Mexico
  • Eunice V. Pike 1913–2011-- SIL Linguist, Mexico
  • Eugene Nida 1914–2011 -- SIL Linguist & American Bible Society
  • John Bendor-Samuel 1929–2011 -- SIL Linguist, Africa
  • Annemarie Hari 1938–2012 -- SIL Linguist, Nepal
  • Carla Radloff 1949–2012 -- SIL Linguist, Eurasia
  • Howard McKaughan 1922–2013 -- SIL Linguist, Philippines & University of Hawaii
  • Barbara F Grimes 1930–2014 -- SIL Linguist & Ethnologue Editor
  • Robert Longacre 1922–2014 -- SIL Linguist, Mexico
  • Regina Blass 1943–2015 -- SIL Linguist, Africa
  • Evelyn Pike 1915–2016 -- SIL Linguist, Mexico
  • Frank E. Robbins 1926–2016 -- SIL Linguist, Mexico & Africa