In Memoriam: Wilga M. Rivers (July 2007)

Wilga M. Rivers, a perennial member of TESOL and a recognized national and international authority on the psychological and linguistic aspects of language teaching, recently passed away, at the age of 88.

She was the author and coauthor of 13 books and nearly 80 articles on various aspects of language teaching; she lectured at conferences in 43 foreign countries and most states in the United States; and she was the recipient of numerous foreign language awards, including the most distinguished leadership award of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

In 1978 she joined the Harvard University's Extension School's administrative board, a position she held until her retirement from Harvard in 1990.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Church of the Good Shepherd, 9 Russell Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472-3452 USA.

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