Samuel G. Armistead (1927-2013)
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Samuel G. Armistead, elected to the Fellows in 1991 and professor emeritus of Spanish at the University of California, Davis, died August 7. According to his biography in Wikipedia, "Samuel Gordon Armistead (born in Pennsylvania in 1927) is a prominent American ethnographer, linguist, folklorist, Historian, Professor emeritus of Spanish and critic of literature. He is considered one of the most notable Hispanist scholars of the second half of the 20th and early 21st century. He has specially studied Medieval Spanish language and literature, Hispanic folk literature, comparative literature and folklore. He has excelled also in his studies on minority languages and archaic, that exist still and wrote a multi-volume series that collects information to the traditional literature of the Sephardic Jews. He is author (co-author, editor, or co-editor) of over twenty books, and several hundred articles, on Medieval Spanish Literature, Modern Hispanic Oral Literature, and Comparative Literature. His research fields that have a particular interest include also early poetry, medieval history, Hispanic dialectology, the Spanish epic and Romance old and traditional. He has conducted numerous field surveys on the language and oral literature of the Sephardic communities of Morocco and East as well as communities in Portugal, Israel, and several sites in the United States and he has also surveyed in rural communities of Spain and Portugal.
See http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/09/5636216/obituary-samuel-armistead-was.html for an obituary in the Sacramento Bee.