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BAILEY RICHARD W. born October 26, 1939, died among family and friends at home under the care of Arbor Hospice last Saturday, April 2, 2011. He was the beloved father of Nony, Andrew and Oceana, husband of Julia Huttar Bailey from 1990 to the present, and great friend of Claire and Hallie Dykstra. Dr. Bailey was a faculty member in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan for 42 years (1965 – 2007), where he held the Fred Newton Scott Collegiate Professorship. An internationally admired and dauntingly prolific scholar in English Language Studies, Dr. Bailey's books include Images of English (1991), Nineteenth-Century English (1996), and Speaking American (forthcoming). He was a committed public advocate for language rights and literacy. He was an expert witness in the Ann Arbor Black English Case (1979) and co-author of an amicus brief in the recent United States Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller. An invaluable trustee of Washtenaw Community College for 34 years (1974 – 2008), the WCC library was named in his honor in 2005. An active member of the Episcopal Church and friend of clergy, he was president of the Guild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church (2003-2009). He recently received the Genesis of Ann Arbor Humanitarian Award. Richard W. Bailey will be greatly missed by his family and friends, his students and university colleagues, scholars of English worldwide, his church, and his community, all of whom are grateful to have known him as they did. Services will be held at St Clare's Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan: a Gathering/Visitation from 5-8 pm on Monday, April 4, and a Memorial Service at 11 am on Wednesday, April 6. Memorials may be made in his name to St. Clare's Episcopal Church or to the Washtenaw Community College, Richard W. Bailey Scholarship Fund. For further information please phone Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Brighton, 810-229-2905 or visit

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