May 22, 1933 ~ October 19, 2002
Dr. David E. Eskey, Professor and Program Director of the MSTESOL program in the USC Rossier School of Education died of a heart attack on Saturday, Oct. 19 while attending the winning USC Football game. He was a lifelong sports enthusiast. In the spirit of true/athleticism, David exhibited a commitment to excellence that was evidenced in every aspect of his life. Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, Dr. Eskey earned his B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State
University, M.A. in English from Columbia University, a second M.A. in Linguistics and his Ph.D.'',in English from the University of Pittsburgh.
The Manhattan Beach resident had worked at USC in various positions since 1975, including director of the USC American Language Institute. He also taught at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Married for the first time to Nancie Redpath Doughty in Baghdad, Iraq, he spent most of the next 10 years living and
teaching in Baghdad, Beirut, and Bangkok. He served as a consultant on second-language teaching for the Educational Testing Service and other organizations and was a national consultant on the subject for the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs. Dr. Eskey was a noted author of articles and books in the field of English as a Second Language, and English as a Foreign Language with a specialization in L2 Reading. David was a generous, articulate, and humorous man much concerned in recent years with achieving justice in the Middle East. He was deeply loved by his family and will be sorely missed. Dr. Eskey is survived by his wife, Eleanor and children Megan, Jennifer and Katherine, and step-children Kim Black-Washington and Robert Black and brother Kenneth Eskey.
In lieu of flowers the family would like to have donations made in memory of David Eskey, sent to the USC Neighborhood Outreach program, Office of External Affairs, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 90089-2542.
A public Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 7th, at 10:00am at the
United University Church on the USC campus.
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