Haig Aram Bosmajian|
Haig Aram Bosmajian, 86, University of Washington Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication (1964-99) died of prostate cancer four weeks ago on June 17.
Born in Fresno, CA, Haig earned his PhD from Stanford (1960). His research at the time began his life-long interest in the use and misuse of language and in the importance of First Amendment Rights.
After teaching at the University of Connecticut, Haig found a congenial environment for teaching and writing at the University of Washington (1964). He published and edited many books and received public acknowledgement for his work. The National Council of Teachers of English presented him with the George Orwell Award in 1983, The Washington State Authors Award was presented to him for The Language of Oppression in 1984, followed by the Western Speech Association's Bi-Centennial Bill of Rights Award in 1991 and the Northwest Communications Association's Human Rights Award in 1993.
When he retired, Haig continued his research and writing-Burning Books (2006) and Anita Whitney, Justice Brandeis, and the First Amendment (2010) were his last statements of the fragility and the importance of free expression.
Haig is survived by Hamida, his wife and best friend for 57 years, by Harlan, his son who teaches at Emerson College and lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife Andrea Meyer and their son, Aidan Bosmajian.
A very private person, Haig expressed no wish for memorial services. Gifts in his honor may send to the local American Civil Liberties Union or the Seattle Shakespeare Company
Published in The Seattle Times on July 15, 2014