[KB] Sad News: Dave Tietge

Clarke Rountree rountrj at uah.edu
Fri Dec 1 11:44:00 EST 2017

That is sad news. He will be missed.


Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 1, 2017, at 9:40 AM, David Blakesley <dblakes at clemson.edu> wrote:
> Dear Friends and Colleagues:
> I'm sorry to have to report the news that Dave Tietge passed away
> unexpectedly on Monday after a short illness. Dave started as my student at
> SIU Carbondale in the 1990s and became a friend and colleague for the rest
> of the way.
> Dave presented at the Burke Conference this past summer. I was fortunate
> enough to spend my last day with him on a road trip to KB's farm in Andover
> and then onward to NYC. We couldn't have scripted that any better.
> Those of you who knew him know that Dave was an original. He was passionate
> about KB and rhetoric. He was a brilliant writer, completing two books,
> both of which focused on the rhetoric of science in popular media,
> including film. His first book, *Flash Effect: Science and the Rhetorical
> Origins of the Cold War *(2002, Ohio University Press) extended arguments
> from his award-winning dissertation. His second, *Rational Rhetoric: The
> Role of Science in Popular Discourse *(Parlor Press, 2008)*, *received the
> JAC Award for best book in rhetorical theory. He had nearly completed his
> latest book, *Knowing Nature: Popular Representations of the Natural World
> through Visual Media*, for Marguerite Helmers's Visual Rhetoric series,
> also with Parlor Press. We're going to do our best to publish this book
> posthumously. Dave served on *KB Journal's* editorial board since its
> beginning.
> You can read his obituary here:
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legacy.com_obituaries_app_obituary.aspx-3Fn-3Ddavid-2Dj-2Dtietge-26pid-3D187382979-26&d=DwIBaQ&c=Ngd-ta5yRYsqeUsEDgxhcqsYYY1Xs5ogLxWPA_2Wlc4&r=61PaZXjD1dVBzRo96-UBmQ&m=r2Yl2UoXs8SBWQvKQ0wwkswBos543xTCwa6CtBKbAXI&s=Ip3qyZ_om-TnBALRBpD0atYzOOBt0Rve4ptrpxmQvMQ&e=
> So, the discussion goes on. We'll miss you, Dave.
> Cheers,
> Dave
> Dave is on the right, next to Steve Mailloux, Jim Zappen, and Clarke
> Rountree, at KB's farm this past summer.
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