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The Passing of Communication Professor Jacoby

August 8, 2007

Sally (Westerman) Jacoby, an associate professor of interpersonal communication, died on Friday, July 27, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She had been employed at UNH since 1996.

Jacoby was born on April 6, 1949, in Paterson, N.J., to Sigmund and Frances (Hochman) Westerman and grew up in Fair Lawn, N.J. She earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Theatre from Northwestern University, a Bachelor's of Arts degree in English with a minor in Linguistics from Tel Aviv University, a Masters of Arts degree in Applied English Linguistics from the University of Birmingham (U.K.), and a doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

From 1971 to 1988, she lived and worked in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her first career was in the theater as an actress onstage, in films, and in voiceovers, and as an assistant director production manager and stage manager at the Habima National Theatre of Israel and The Bat Sheva Modern Dance Company of Israel.

Jacoby’s second career was as a teacher of English as a second language, from K-12 through the university-level, and as a Hebrew to English translator of museum exhibits and research essays. Her third career was as an academic, teaching and researching the detailed management of talk and interaction in everyday and institutional settings, conversation analysis, issues surrounding formal evaluation criteria for testing communication competence, and advance levels of professional apprenticeship such as on physics research groups.

A member of Temple Israel in Portsmouth, Jacoby was also been active in the Seacoast as a dedicated Spanish Flamenco dance student at Ballet New England and as a voice student of Angelynne Hinson. She appeared in the Music Hall of Portsmouth production of "The Mikado," has worked as a film projectionist at the Music Hall, and volunteered for the Music Hall, Maine Public Broadcasting Citizens Advisory Board, and the Garrison Players.

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