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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS

For three-year term, 1927-29—Isabelle K. FINEAU, Junior College, El Paso, Texas.

For three-year term, 1927–29—Rudolph Schevill, University of California, Berkeley, California.

For two-year term, 1927-28-WILFRED A. BEARDSLEY, Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland.

For one-year term, 1927-GEORGE W. H. SHIELD, Supervisor of Modern Languages, Los Angeles, California.

(Signed)

JOHN D. FITZ-GERALD, Chairman
E. C. HILLS

JOSEPHINE W. HOLT
J. MORENO-LACALLE
SYLVIA M. VOLLMER

NOMINATIONS OF STANDING COMMITTEE ON HONORARY

MEMBERS

ANTONIO RUBIÓ Y LLUCH, Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Barcelona; Member of the Real Academia de Buenas Letras de Barcelona; Corresponding member of the Real Academia de la Historia de Madrid, and of the Real Academia Española; and author of numerous publications of a scholarly nature.

NARCISO ALONSO CORTÉS, Director of the Instituto de Valladolid; wellknown historian of literature and Cervantes scholar; Corresponding member of the Real Academia Española and of the Real Academia de la Historia de Madrid; and author of numerous publications of a scholarly nature.

Tomás NAVARRO Tomás, Professor of Experimental Practical Phonetics at the Centro de Estudios Históricos, and the Curso de Verano; Visiting Professor at the University of Porto Rico; leading Spanish authority on Experimental Practical Phonetics; and author of numerous scientific works.

JOSÉ LEITE DE Vasconcellos, Professor do Curso Superior de Bibliothecario-archivista; Conservador da Bibliotheca Nacional de Lisboa; and author of numerous scientific studies.

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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON AMENDMENTS

Some years ago Article IV, §2, of the Constitution was amended to its present form for the specific purpose of preventing the necessity or the possi

bility of having a large majority of the official staff go out of office at the same time, since it was deemed more conducive to stability not to have a radical and wholesale change in the official staff at any given election. In 1922 it was foreseen that the present rule would make it necessary to elect seven of the nine members of the Executive Council at the annual meeting in 1923, and amendments were proposed to correct that state of affairs. Unfortunately this Association did not see fit to adopt those amendments, and this year the Nominating Committee has been obliged to fill eight of the nine offices of the Executive Council. Under these conditions it is hoped that the Association will now be willing to adopt those amendments and obviate any repetition of this year's experience.

The following amendments, if adopted, will enlarge our Executive Council to eleven members and will bring it about that at no annual election shall we have to elect more than four or five officers, out of the total of eleven.

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§1. The last three words to read: Six other members. (The present reading is: Four other members.)

§2. Change the entire paragraph to read as follows:

The term of these officers shall be as follows: for the President, one year; for the three Vice-Presidents, three years (one to be elected each year for three years, and the out-going Vice-President to be considered as First Vice-President, etc.); for the Secretary-Treasurer, three years; for the six other members of the Executive Council, three years each (two to be elected each year for three years).

(The present reading is as follows: The term of these officers shall be as follows: for the President, Third Vice-President, and one of the four other members, one year; for the Second Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and one of the four other members, two years; for the First VicePresident and two of the four other members, three years.)

EXPLANATORY NOTE

Of the present staff of officers only Professor Alfred Coester, the SecretaryTreasurer, will hold over, and will not be affected by the coming election.

If the proposed amendments are approved, it should be understood that (in order to cause as speedily as possible the proper rotation of the various classes) Professor Shield is elected for a two-year term, along with Professor Beardsley, as Executive Council member. Then the additional two Executive Council members provided for in the amendments should be nominated from the floor for a one-year period and elected by a majority of those present. In making these two nominations the members should bear in mind the principles that have hitherto ruled in sessions of nominating committees: representative territorial distribution, and proper proportion between high school and university representation.

JOHN D. FITZ-GERALD, Chairman

HOMERO SERÍS

LAWRENCE A. WILKINS

ALFRED COESTER

AURELIO M. ESPINOSA

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A LETTER

URBANA, ILLINOIS
November 15, 1926

To the Editor of "HISPANIA"
MY DEAR MR. EDITOR:

The large de luxe edition of Pepita Jiménez, with beautiful full-page illustrations in colors from paintings made for the occasion, and with an exquisite special binding, is completely exhausted. Our members, who are lovers of Juan Valera, may be interested in learning that there are still available, at a moderate price, a few copies of the limited semi-de luxe edition of Pepita Jiménez, printed from the same plates, but on less expensive paper, with smaller margins and without the special cover. Even this edition will soon become a rarety, and our members in considering its purchase should bear in mind that it forms part of the centenary tribute to Valera. If any of our members desire further information, I should be happy to supply it.

Respectfully yours,

JOHN D. FITZ-GERALD

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

NAVARRO TOMÁS TO TEACH AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Dr. Tomás Navarro Tomás, Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Phonetics of the Centro de Estudios Históricos, Madrid, has accepted a call to Stanford University for the Summer Quarter of 1927. He will give two regular courses, a course in Spanish Phonetics and a course in Spanish Lyric Poetry. Professor Navarro is a pupil of Menéndez Pidal. He is one of the editors of the Revista de filologia española founded in 1914 by Menéndez Pidal, is the author of over a dozen books on Spanish language and literature, and is recognized as the greatest living authority on Spanish phonetics. Teachers and students of Spanish are all acquainted with his great work Manual de pronunciación española, first published in 1918 and now published in a third edition. Professor Navarro is not only an authority on Spanish phonetics. He has made extensive researches into general phonetics and has recently published a treatise on Basque phonetics.

The summer of 1925 Professor Navarro gave courses at the University of Forto Rico. After his stay in California during the summer of 1927 he goes to the University of Porto Rico for the academic year 1927-28. He will arrive in California about the middle of June.

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OBITUARY

ERWIN W. ROESSLER

On Saturday, October 23, 1926, Dr. Erwin W. Roessler, First Assistant in Modern Languages and Head of the Department of Modern Languages in the High School of Commerce, New York City, met instant death, as did also Mrs. Roessler and a young lady who accompanied them, when an express train struck the sedan in which all three were riding. The sad accident occurred Fat a crossing in Golden Bridge, New York.

Thus another of the founders of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish has passed away. It was only recently, in the October issue of HISPANIA, that I had to record the death of Dr. Guillermo A. Sherwell.

Dr. Roessler was in his forty-seventh year. After graduation from the University of Chicago, and receiving there his degree of Doctor of Philosophy, he entered the high-school system of New York City in September, 1904. In a brief five years he succeeded in rising to the post of First Assistant or Head of Department.

In his undergraduate and graduate days at the university, Dr. Roessler specialized in Germanics and did also considerable work in Spanish under the direction of Professor Pietsch, the distinguished Hispanist of the University of Chicago.

When the American Association of Teachers of Spanish was formed in 1916, the first officers in the Executive Council realized the great importance of finding the right man to handle the advertising part of the work involved in issuing the journal, HISPANIA. They were fortunate indeed in choosing Erwin W. Roessler and in being able to induce him to undertake this task, at that time a very important one if our Association were to be financially successful. Dr. Roessler's excellent business ability and his knowledge of men and practical affairs were of enormous usefulness in those first difficult years. Then came a time when, because of ill-health, he was compelled to resign from the position of advertising manager and to absent himself from school. For three or four years he fought valiantly against a tenacious disease-rheumatism, which affected particularly the heart, and it was not until this fall that his physicians pronounced him cured-cured, as it proved, only to be the victim of a most sudden and tragic taking-off.

We, here in New York, shall greatly miss Dr. Roessler for a long time. He was a man of courage, of scholarship, an excellent trainer of young teachers, a fine head of department, thorough himself and expecting thoroughness in others, a cheerful, wholesome man, devoted to his friends, to his music, and to the finer things of life.

At a meeting of the fifty-eight chairmen of departments of modern languages held on October 26, the resolutions printed below were passed concerning Dr. Roessler and a wreath was sent by them to the funeral held that afternoon, which many of his colleagues in the language departments of the Greater City attended.

LAWRENCE A. WILKINS

RESOLUTIONS OF THE CHAIRMEN OF MODERN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENTS
IN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS, PASSED AT THEIR MEETING
ON OCTOBER 26, 1926

WHEREAS, sudden death took from us on October 23, 1926, our colleague, Dr. Erwin W. Roessler, first assistant and head of the department of modern languages in the High School of Commerce, and

WHEREAS, we feel deeply the loss of one who was our esteemed friend, an able teacher and trainer of teachers, a leader and inspirer, a man eminent in our field of education, and one noted for his ability, courage, uprightness, and signally high character, and

WHEREAS, our sympathy is profound for those of his family who mourn his loss and likewise that of his wife who was taken in the same quick disaster, and who was an honored member of the faculty of the Wadleigh High School; therefore be it

Resolved, that we, chairmen of the departments of modern languages and the directors of modern languages in senior high schools, express, by means of transmission of copies of these resolutions, our sorrow and our sympathy to the members of Erwin W. Roessler's family and to the principal and members of the faculty of the High School of Commerce and especially to the members of the modern language department of that school, and be it further

Resolved, that copies of this resolution be given to the press of this city and a copy filed with the Superintendent of Schools and the Associate Superintendent in Charge of High Schools.

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