Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Bernard E. Witkin

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Bernard E. Witkin

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Bernard Witkin died at the age of 91, at his home in Berkeley, on December 23, 1995. His membership and interest in ISGS date back to the Hayakawa days, and he and his wife Alba have remained over the years among our most generous and consistent supporters. Through a charitable trust established in 1982, they have helped support not only ISGS, but other quite diverse activities including helping save the Berkeley public school music program from cutback oblivion, supporting the YMCA building fund, and setting up a foundation for courses and material on legal education.

His public acclaim came through his creation of the monumental and most respected treatment of California law in 32 volumes. In his law school days, Bernard sensed a great need for understandable interpretations of the murky and voluminous body of state laws, and his original work grew out of notes he had prepared to study for the bar examination in 1928. These notes were revised and first reached hard-cover in 1936. Although he did not explicitly introduce general semantics into his work, perhaps he was drawn to it through his own experience in writing in a clear and unambiguous way. …

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