Reza Ordoubadian has passed away

Dr. Reza Ordoubadian

Murfreesboro, TN

Reza Ordoubadian, age 85, died April 11, 2017, of complications connected to Parkinson’s Disease.

He was born in Tabriz, Iran, to Hakimeh Doctorzadeh and Abdul Hossein Ordoubadian. He grew up in Tehran, Iran and graduated from Alborz High School. After receiving his BA from Tehran University, he came to the United States in 1956 as a Fulbright Scholar at Duke University. Later he received his PhD and MA from Auburn University.

He taught at The Webb School from 1958 to 1962, at which time he joined the English Department faculty at MTSU and taught until his retirement in 1989. Reza edited the Southeastern Conference on Language (SECOL) Journal for many years.

Afterwards, he was a visiting professor at Umea University in Sweden for several semesters. He was also a published writer and translator of the Persian mystic poets Hafez and Abu’ Said.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Hossein, and his sisters Rabiyeh Sagheb, Azam Salmassi, and Guity Behforouz.

Reza is survived by his wife, Margaret, his children and their spouses: Parri Black (Dave), Evansville, IN; Kimi Abernathy (Bill), Bell Buckle, TN; Hossein Ordoubadian (Cheenie Durham), El Granada, CA; and David Ordoubadian (Karin Soderholm), Umea, Sweden; his grandchildren: Lane, Drew, Charlie, Harris (Erin), and Inara Abernathy; Aaron (Breanna) and Ethan Black; Elliot Durham-McClellan; Bjorn, Sarah, and Susie Ordoubadian; and his great grandsons Landon, Conner, and Levi Black; his sister, Parivash Ordoubadian Molavi; one sister-in-law, Mamie Hawlett Scott; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro.

Memorials may be made to Alive Hospice (; St Paul’s Episcopal Church ( Murfreesboro, TN; Tennessee Refugee and Immigrant Rights Coalition ( or the organization of your choice.

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Published in The Daily News Journal from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2017

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Dr. Jeutonne P. Brewer

Dr. Jeutonne P. Brewer, 76, passed away on April 5, 2016. Jeutonne taught linguistics at UNC Greensboro for 30 years and also served as Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences. A service to celebrate Jeutonne’s life will be held Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home, Sedgefield Chapel. Those in attendance are encouraged to share their fond memories; the family will receive friends at the funeral home at 1:00. Online condolences can be made here; memorial contributions in Jeutonne’s name may be directed to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro NC 27405.


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SECOL LXXXIII (83) was held at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, on March 28-31, 2016. More information may be found “here”

Attention student presenters at SECOL 83: Student members of SECOL can apply for the Reza Ordoubadian Award, a prize presented annually, recognizing the best student paper presented at the spring conference. Winners will receive a cash award, complimentary membership in SECOL, and the possibility to publish their papers in the Southern Journal of Linguistics. To be considered, please send an electronic copy of the paper (preferably PDF) to the Secretary, Catherine Evans Davies ( no later than January 7, 2017. Winners will be announced at the 2017 meeting in Charleston, SC. See for more information.

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