three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eunice V. Pike.

Pike’s poem “The End” expresses the feelings of his students and colleagues.

The End

Regarding Daniel 12:9-13, and “the end of the days.”

In tears, then joy!

Life in contrast

Sets the pace

Of learning

Good, through bad …

Both now and “then”

Hold to trust,

In God, in time

To light our stars,

Forever there.

(Pike, 1997a, vol. 2, p. 102)



I am grateful to Karl Franklin, Evelyn Pike, and Calvin Hibbard (archivist of the Townsend Archives at SIL in Waxhaw, North Carolina) for helping me check facts and dates of the events reviewed in the present memoir. The author of this memoir wrote an earlier and shorter version of this memoir that was published in American Anthropologist (vol. 103, no. 2) in June 2001.


A database list of Pike’s publications can also be found online at <>.


In Pike’s 2001 posthumous essay he reminisced about his dealings with America’s early twentieth-century linguists, including Edward

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