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In Memoriam

Published: December 15, 2008

G. Bruce Loganbill, the senior member of Communication Studies, died on Aug. 28, just one day before he was to have received an award for 40 years of service to CSULB at the annual university convocation. Loganbill represented the department’s institutional history, its discipline’s traditional roots, and the enduring importance of communication skills for the educated and enlightened. He received his B.A. degree from Bethel College in Kansas in 1956, his M.A. degree from the University of Kansas in 1958, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1961. He majored in oral interpretation and rhetoric, and minored in communication theory, art history, and music vocal performance. He also completed a post-doctorate in logopedics in 1966. Migrating to California in 1966, he began his career at Cal State Fresno and moved to CSULB in 1968. He received the university’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 1991, and was grand marshal for the School of Humanities in 1991 and then again for the College of Liberal Arts in 2001. He published a seminal scholarly book, The Bases of Voice, Articulation, and Pronunciation in 1976. Loganbill’s specialties in voice modification and oral interpretation were at the foundation of the two popular courses he taught for decades: Comm 171—Voice and Applied Speaking, where anxious and ESL first-year students overcame their speech phobias by learning the American Phonetic Alphabet and mastering the “shwaa” sound, and Comm 433—Trends in Oral Interpretation, where seasoned majors learned about the aesthetics of oral interpretation and prepared fully choreographed, costumed performances of classical literature to complete the capstone requirement in the class. As his students and colleagues know, Loganbill was a unique and colorful character. Loganbill was an educator, and teaching was his calling, teaching 10 classes per year for 40 years. That’s 400 communication classes, and 10,000 students who had the privilege of learning from him.