Got a note from Gerald Page, an awesome and distinguished writer who I had the opportunity and pleasure to meet at the Aberrant Dreams signing last year. Christopher James (“Jamie”) Bishop was one of the victims at the Virginia Tech shooting, the German professor. He was also a member of our small, close-knit SF community. His father, a fellow Georgian, is Michael Bishop, the Nebula, Rhysling, and Locus award-winning SF writer, and Jamie designed the cover art for a number of books as well as issue #9 of Aberrant Dreams. Virginia Tech is putting together a memorial fund to honor Jamie and the other foreign language instructor who was killed, Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, and Jerry asked me to pass the word along.
From the Virginia Tech website:
Jocelyne Couture-Nowak and Jamie Bishop shared the conviction that learning a foreign language and culture is not just a joy, but is fundamental to our civilization–if we are to be civilized. To honor the memory of our colleagues and students, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has established two memorial scholarships for French and German majors at Virginia Tech.
Donations may be made payable to the Virginia Tech Foundation, for the Jocelyne Couture-Nowak Scholarship (French) or the Jamie Bishop Scholarship (German). If you give online, please be sure to indicate which scholarship you would like to support.
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