Academic journal article German Quarterly

In Memoriam: Gustave Bording Mathieu

Academic journal article German Quarterly

In Memoriam: Gustave Bording Mathieu

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Gustave Bording Mathieu who died on Friday, February 16, 2007, at the age of 85, was the president of AATG from 1976 to 1977. Virtually from the time he entered the profession he provided leadership, often helping steer its practitioners into new directions.

He was one of the first to recognize the potential of new technologies. On his own initiative and largely using his own resources, he published the first American bibliography, in brochure form, for technologically-assisted language teaching. MLAbstracts, which provided thumbnail reports about the advances of a new pedagogical approach, was widely utilized during the five years of its existence. He himself established new models: the integration of records of cabaret performances or of slides of the satirist Klaus Staeck. In consequence he was often sought out as a consultant, as colleges and universities started to build language labs on their campuses, and also by publishing houses in search of suitable materials. He authored (in collaboration with the undersigned) six early lab manuals and texts for leading publishing houses. He collaborated on records and visuals for the public at large; simultaneously he maintained his scholarly productivity, e.g., for GQ.

The AATG was fortunate to have his leadership during a time of severest crisis. By his integrity and stalwart courage he extracted the organization from the hands of a self-serving official and, upon the resignation of the latter, helped restabilize its infrastructure and financial procedures.

Born in Germany and raised in France after 1933, Mathieu came to the United States in 1937 and served from 1942 to 1948 in the U. …

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