Thursday, May 28, 2009


To the Eskey Family:

I am very shocked and saddened by the news of Dr. Eskey's passing. I was fortunate to be a student in a Grammar class taught by Dr. Eskey at Cal State L.A., while I was a student in the TESOL program. It was one of the high points of my studies there. Dr. Eskey will be greatly missed by his professional colleagues and by the many students who enjoyed his humor and learned much from his experience and expertise. I offer my sincere condolences to the family.

Mary Byrne
Mary Byrne Oct. 29, 2002 Sierra Madre, CA

David was a kind guide and mentor to me when I assumed the directorship of our IEP in 1983. All of us who knew him professionally were inspired by his generous spirit, his genuine interest in all aspects of language learning and teaching, and his willingness to share his insights and experience with junior colleagues. He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him.

Karen Fox Oct. 28, 2002 Long Beach, CA

As a professor emertitus at USC, I can certainly say that having Dave as a colleague was an absolute pleasure. His keen sense of humor and a high plane of fairness were truly hallmarks of his work. He will be terribly missed, but he certainly will have a great vantage point to watch the remainder of the Trojan football season. A class act!

Clive L Grafton Oct. 27, 2002 Whittier, CA

My late wife was a student of Dave's at Thammasat University in Bangkok around 1969 or 1970 and used to tell this story about him. While we "farangs" are subject of much amusement to the Thais, Dave's military bearing, good posture, flattop haircut, etc. made him immune to this. My wife used to always remember the time that he slipped and fell in class. Normally, this would be a time of tremendous mirth and laughing for the students, but because of his bearing, they didn't. Unusual in that my wife repeated the story to me several times.

Marc Pollard Oct. 27, 2002

My husband and son sat directly behind, who we now presume to have been Dr. Eskey at the "winning" USC football game. Our condolences on the loss of a much beloved and accomplished person. If it will be of any comfort to the family to know what immediately ensued following Dr. Eskey's collapse onto my son's lap, we may be contacted at the above. May he rest in peace.

J Takei Oct. 30, 2002 Gardena, CA

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