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Professor William Burley Lockwood

On the occasion of the first anniversary of his death

On 30th April 2012 William B. Lockwood, former Professor of Germanic and Indo-European Philology at the University of Reading, died in Germany. To commemorate the first anniversary of his death, four of his Schüler would like to pay a tribute to a man who played an important part in shaping their careers, pointing them in directions which have proved most fulfilling.

Thanks to Lockwood’s initiative Anthony Rowley (BA and MPhil German and Linguistics 1971-1977) went to Bavaria where he later became head of the Bavarian Dictionary in Munich. John Simpson (MA in Medieval Studies 1976) joined the Oxford English Dictionary and was appointed Chief Editor in 1993. Alastair Walker (BA and MPhil German and Linguistics 1967-1974) went to Kiel where he works on the North Frisian dictionary and in the Department of Frisian Studies. Christopher Wickham (BA and MPhil German and Linguistics 1968-74) became Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

We are greatly indebted to W.B. Lockwood whose unerring instinct suggested paths we might take, and for taking a keen interest in our further careers. 

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