Charles Metzing   

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Charles A. Metzing (1960-2004)

Charles Metzing was an interesting man with many sides: Cognitive scientist, U.S. Navy veteran, poet, journal-writer, lifelong bibliophile, music lover and drum player, outdoorsman, social activist, substance abuse counselor for the Red Cross, caring friend, popular teacher, beloved family member, Mets fan, and, above all, inveterate optimist. After spending years in California, he returned to Long Island to be near family members and friends and to enter Stony Brook's Cognitive/Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Program in 1999. He was a creative, enthusiastic, and productive researcher. He presented his work at numerous conferences, his MA thesis was published last year in the best journal in his field, Journal of Memory and Language (and is already well-cited), and another short piece is in press in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Charles was working on an ambitious dissertation on the topic of speech production, monitoring, and disfluency. This work has implications for how language processing is organized in the brains and minds of healthy people, as well as those with language disorders. When he joined us, Charles wrote:
"I want to be the detective devising ways to catch language in the act. I want to be the journalist chronicling the life of language, presenting a record of activities as I observe it. I want to be the student of language ever interested in the scholarly pursuits of others in the field. I want to be a teacher, revealing to the inquisitive what I might find and what others have found... even if I hit the lottery (which would be an incredible stroke of luck, since I don't play) I would still pursue a career in psychology of language research. It is absolutely what I want to do."
Charles died unexpectedly in August, 2004 of a heart attack.  The 2004 volume of Stony Brook's Graduate Student Achievements is dedicated to him.

Memories from a friend