I regret to announce the death of Professor G. Tucker Childs, who devoted decades of research to the documentation and preservation of endangered West African languages and their cultures. Tucker died on January 26, 2021, in Portland, Oregon, due to complications related to legionella. He was the recipient of the Linguistic Society of America’s Kenneth L. Hale Award in 2018, which recognizes scholars who have done outstanding work on the documentation of a particular language or family of languages that is endangered or no longer spoken. Tucker also served tirelessly for many years as the editor for Studies in African Linguistics, a public forum for African language scholars to discuss issues in the field of African Linguistics which might not have a place in more widely recognized journals.
More information about his life and work can be found here.