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P.J. Mistry, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:41 pm
by vsolorzano
It is with deep sorrow that we share with you the death of our dear friend and colleague, P.J. Mistry, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics. P.J. Mistry was one of the founding members of the Fresno State Linguistics Department, right after it emerged from the English Department in 1968.

Mistry was above all an accomplished and widely recognized scholar, whose research on Indic languages, Gujarati in particular, was internationally recognized and widely published. And, perhaps not so well known is Mistry's compelling poetry, published in Gujarati as well as in English translation.

Mistry was also a dedicated teacher and mentor. P.J. and Karen Mistry opened their home to many international students and made them feel at home away from home. Their house was always open to students and colleagues for gatherings and social events, and they were always ready to host a visiting student or one in need of temporary stay. His many students have maintained a high profile as college professors, university presidents and administrators, teachers and researchers. They have made significant contributions in areas in the field, such as syntax, Gujarati, other Indic languages, Native American languages, and they have kept close touch with him and Karen, well after graduation and from the farthest reaches of the world.

Mistry worked hard to build the curriculum of the Linguistics Department and develop its program. He helped develop the graduate program in Linguistics; he assisted in establishing the American English Institute; he chaired the department for a number of terms; and he trained generations of linguistic students with love, dedication, and care.

In 2007 P.J. and Karen Mistry established a scholarship endowment to support students majoring in Linguistics. Contributions can be made to the Mistry Scholarship Endowment, with checks made payable to CSU Foundation (Mistry Endowment).

Vida Samiian, Dean
College of Arts and Humanities