Dale E. Brashers

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Dr. Dale E. Brashers, head of the Department of Communications at the University of Illinois, went to be with God, July 5, 2010, while working in his campus office. Dale was born in Little Rock, December 29, 1959. He graduated McClellan High School in 1978, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at UALR and his doctorate at the University of Arizona. Dale began his academic career at Ohio State University, moving to the University of Illinois in 1998. Dale served as the director of graduate studies from 2002-2006, then as associate head until January of 2009, when he became head of the Department. In 2001, he received the Young Scholar Award for Outstanding Early Career Research from the ICA. He was honored in 2004 as a University Scholar, a three year research support award for outstanding research, teaching and service. Also in 2004 he was awarded the Distinguished Article Award for the most outstanding article in the previous five years by the Health Communication Divisions of both the National and International Communications Associations. Since 2008, Dale held a named position as the David Swanson Professorial Scholar. In addition to his national reputation as a researcher, he was a highly accomplished and popular teacher of undergraduates and graduate students. He received his most prized award the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching in 2008. Dale is survived by his parents, James (Gene) and Lou Brashers; his sister, Brenda Brashers Robertson; nieces Tasha and Marie Robertson. The family would like to express our deep gratitude to all of Dale's friends and colleagues at UI, they have done so much for us during this difficult time. Special thanks to David Tewksbury, John Caughlin, John Lammers, Barbara Hall, Scott Poole and so many others. Memorial service will be held on September 10, 2010, at 4 p.m., in Smith Hall at the University of Illinois. Memorial contributions may be sent to Tupelo Children's Mansion, (, or the UI Department of Communications (

Published August 21, 2010

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