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Remembering Sandra Eisdorfer

The Department of Linguistics remembers, with gratitude and sadness, one of our oldest friends and supporters in the UNC-CH community: Sandra Eisdorfer (1930-2021), mother of Marc Adam Eisdorfer (UNC-CH Linguistics, BA 1984).

Sandy's career revolved around a love of language. She received a Master of Library Science degree from the Pratt Institute and held librarian, teaching, and editing positions, ultimately becoming managing editor and acquisitions editor at the University of North Carolina Press. After her son Marc's death in 1992, Sandy founded the Marc Adam Eisdorfer Award for Excellence in Linguistics in his memory. The award allows the Department of Linguistics to recognize one or two outstanding undergraduate students and one or two outstanding graduate students each year, often honoring those who combine the passion for linguistics and enthusiasm for life that so characterized Marc.

Sandy's full obituary from the News & Observer can be found here.

Contributions to the Marc Adam Eisdorfer Award in Linguistics in Sandy's honor may be made here.