T IS with great sadness that the friends and colleagues of Paul Heacock announce his death on Saturday, October 17, following a long illness. He was 59.
Paul was hired as a contractor by Cambridge University Press in 1992 to work on the Cambridge International Dictionary of English, and became a full-time staff member in 1994. Working first under Sidney Landau, and then leading the division, Paul expanded Cambridge's range of dictionaries for learners of English. An "early adopter" of technology before there was such a term, Paul drove the digital management of dictionary assets, the development of the Press's extensive corpus holdings, and the integration of corpus research into Cambridge ELT (English Language Teaching) products. Learners across the globe now benefit from his foresight in developing Cambridge Dictionaries Online in partnership with IDM.
Paul accomplished all this with a matchless combination of grace under pressure, creativity, humor, diplomacy, abiding optimism, and indeed playfulness. We will sorely miss him.
Our thoughts are with Paul's family. Those who wish to send condolences and remembrances may write to Wendalyn Nichols, who will ensure they are included in a book of tributes being collected by the Press for the family: email@example.com, subject line: Tribute to Paul Heacock.