Date: Sun, 7 Sep 1997 22:15:19 -0400 From: Ron Butters Subject: sad news. I am sorry to report that Bob Howren (former chair of linguistics at Univ. North Carolina at Chapel Hill) died suddenly of a heart attack Friday afternoon. He had been gliding in western NC; apparently landed the glider fine, stepped out, collapsed and could not be revived. I am told that Bob explicitly did not want a standard public memorial service and that there will be none. There may be a small private gathering for family and close friends. His wife's (Phyllis) address is 402 Ransom St., Chapel Hill , NC 27516. Those who have studied Ocracoke dialect will rember that Bob wrote a landmark early study on Outer Banks pronunciation.