The long and successful history of the School of Communication Studies would not be possible without the many many faculty members who have taught here over the years. In particular, we mourn the passing of our beloved faculty, remembered here fondly. Our hearts hold space for them as we reflect on the legacies they left behind, in and out of the classroom.
The School of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is so sad to share the news that our dear friend, colleague, and teacher, Dr. Bryan Crow, professor emeritus in Communication Studies, transitioned from this life early afternoon on September 28, 2019. He held the hands of both of his children, Anthony Howard-Crow and Molly Howard-Crow, and was surrounded by their partners, his grandchildren, and other loving family members.
As many of us know, Bryan fought his battle with cancer so steadfastly, and with a spirit of positivity that filled our hearts and will not be forgotten. Always one to share a smile and a piece of his quick wit or dry, lovable humor, Bryan was seen at the office even up to the last few weeks, though he retired back in June.
Dr. Bryan Crow joined the Communication Studies department (then Speech Communication) in 1981 as an instructor, moving onto the tenure track in 1982 and being promoted to Associate Professor in 1988. In 2013, he became cross-appointed in both Linguistics, and in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His course on Irish Culture was one of the more popular courses for many years in the University Honors Program, as were his study abroad trips to Ireland in collaboration with SIU's Forestry Department. Throughout his time as an academic, he participated in conferences local, regional, national and international, and published in outlets such as the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Journalism Monographs, and Media, Culture and Society. Dr. Crow sat on nearly 40 masters committees, over 100 dissertation committees, and directed over 30 masters and doctoral projects.
Those outside of academia may know him best as the host of the internationally-syndicated NPR show, Celtic Connections, where he took to the airwaves each Saturday night to showcase his love of the music of the Celtic tribes. This past weekend's show was particularly touching, with its mixture of music and poetry. Through his radio show, he brought much attention to a variety of artists both in the U.S. and worldwide, and did so since 1991. However, he didn't just showcase the music of others; Bryan was a member of a local Irish band, the Dorians, for nearly 30 years, an ensemble that enjoys great fame throughout the region.
During his years in southern Illinois, Bryan received several grants from Carbondale Community Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the Illinois Humanities Council, and Carbondale Tourism. He received multiple awards and honors, including an induction into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and the Carbondale Community Arts Legacy Award. He served for many years as a Delegate of the Word and musician at Church of the Good Shepherd, United Church of Christ, in Carbondale, Illinois, and could be found regularly at Harbaugh’s Café.
Dr. Crow touched many lives, largely through his dedication to his students; he loved teaching, and showed an enormous commitment to his students' success. Our hearts go out to his family and friends both near and far.
A service to share in our grief, and celebrate Bryan's life, is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 at 11:00 AM, at Church of the Good Shepherd in Carbondale. Immediately following the service will be a potluck, music playing, and storytelling. His family writes: "Please feel welcome to bring a potluck dish to share, to bring your instruments if you are a player, and any memories you would like to share of Bryan. We know Bryan would love nothing more than a lively music session following his service! Childcare will be provided. Please feel free to share this post."
If you would like to contribute to the Bryan K. Crow Memorial Scholarship, please visit the school giving page at https://cola.siu.edu/communicationstudies/giving/, and select the “Communication Studies Scholarship Fund.”
The School of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is heartbroken to share the news that beloved friend, colleague, teacher, advisor, and mentor, Dr. Suzanne Daughton, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Dr. Daughton joined the Communication Studies department at SIU in 1990, after receiving her PhD in rhetorical studies from the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to that, she completed her masters degree in rhetorical studies also at UTA, and her BA in English (Literature and Rhetoric) from State University of New York at Binghamton in 1985.
She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997, and was also cross-appointed in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SIU. Her professional interests included rhetorical criticism, rhetoric of social movements, gender and sexuality, and political communication. She was active in her professional associations, including the National Communication Association and Western States Communication Association. In addition to numerous publications, conference presentations, and creative contributions, she co-authored a well-known rhetoric textbook, Modern Rhetorical Criticism. She retired from SIU in June of 2018.
She was most recently known for her work in compassionate communication, which was both a research area and personal practice. Throughout the last two decades, she attended several trainings and retreats on nonviolent communication and conscious living. She developed a course on compassionate communication that was a popular course taught in the department since 2007, and inspired her students to approach others by leading with compassion. For six years, she taught a similar course adapted for young people at Carbondale New School. This was no surprise, as Dr. Daughton lived a life full of such compassion and grace. She was also known in the school for emphasizing the need to care for oneself and to embrace one’s emotions as a powerful force for good. Not only did Dr. Daughton provide the tools to practice self-care, but she embodied what it means to care for herself and others. She regularly led a workshop in self-care for graduate students; throughout the workshop, students worked on responding to others compassionately and caring for the self. Onlookers peeking in would witness discussions of how to be kind to one’s body, people dancing with abandon, and “flocks” of attendees crossing the stage in their best bird impression. She consistently attended meetings with a box of tissues and a bottle of natural hand sanitizer—and would readily share both with anyone who may have a need. She previewed her workshops and classes by happily warning new folks that she cried easily, and if we saw her crying, we should “not worry about me, I’m OK.”
Dr. Daughton’s students and colleagues recognized her stellar teaching and mentoring, evidenced through the awards she received. These included the Mentoring Award from the University Women’s Professional Advancement (SIUC, 2014), the Feminist Teacher-Mentor Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (2010), the Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Liberal Arts (SIUC, 2010), the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Department of Speech Communication (SIUC, 2009 and 1998), and the Outstanding New Teacher Award from the Central States Communication Association (1994).
Her advisees came to cherish her mentorship, and one of the great joys in her life was being in relationship with others. As an academic and a mother, she created space for those coming after her to see both as possibilities, as her young son would often accompany her to campus. Along with her scholar-parent colleagues in the late 1990s/early 2000s, she forged a path that made it a matter of course to recognize an academic space as one that includes whole people—people with families, people living lives full of joys and challenges, people who deserve grace and love. And that is how Suzanne lived her life—with grace and love for herself and others. She looked for and found joy in the everyday, whether it was a Stevie Nicks song on the radio, a lovely note that could brighten someone’s day, or beautiful flower to wear in her hair.
Mourning her loss, and taking great comfort in her memory, are her husband Dr. Nathan Stucky (they were together over 34 years and married for 28 of them), their cherished son Michael, her mother Eileen Morley, and countless family and friends across the country and around the world. A celebration of her life will take place on February 22, 2020, at 2:00 PM at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship. Family greeting beginning at 1:00 PM, Service at 2:00, reception following.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Heifer International, International Rescue Committee, or the Women’s Center of Carbondale. An obituary appears in The Southern Illinoisan, February 4 and 5, 2020.