Richard Weld Bailey (1939–2011), distinguished scholar of the English language and Fellow of the Dictionary Society of North America, died April 2 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The author, co-author, and editor of more than twenty books, including Images of English (1992), Nineteenth-Century English (1996), and Speaking American: A History of English in the United States (forthcoming, 2011), he was long a prominent member of the Department of English at the University of Michigan, where he introduced many graduate students to linguistic and literary scholarship. Founding editor of Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America from 1979 to 1989 (vols. 1–11), he also served the society as president from 2001 to 2003. He will be greatly missed. Details about a memorial service and other information have been made available online by the English Department at the University of Michigan.
--Michael Hancher, President, DSNA