Garland Hampton Cannon, Jr. December 5, 1924 – April 25, 2020 World of Garland Cannon began in Fort Worth, Texas, on December 5, 1924. As Garland Sr.’s only son, and his wife Myrtle, the Myrtle family of three people lived during the first eight years of his life in Fort Worth, in the houses are always surrounded by beautiful flowers planted by Myrtle. The family moved to San Angelo for the next two years, where Garland Sr. can overcome tuberculosis in the sanitorium, because he needs to stay in a place where the air is easier to breathe. Myrtle and Garland Jr. lived in Carlsbad, outside of San Angelo, where they raised chickens and sold eggs to meet family needs during the Great Depression. When Garland Sr. fine, the family moved again to Sterling City, Texas, where Garland Jr. enrolled in school. Garland Sr owns and operates a pool and domino room, and his mother is a housewife who likes to raise their sons and is involved in all of her learning experiences. Young Garland finally graduated as a valedictorian from his high school in 1941. His mother wanted him to remain in Sterling City, but he wanted to study at the University of Texas at Austin. Because he was a first year student at a 17-year-old college, he studied at U.T. Austin for two years before he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In 1943, the Garland Marine Corps service during World War II began; his father wanted him to join a program that would keep him in school for a while and then enter the Officer Candidate School, but Garland was too young for those programs and did not want to wait. His Marine service began in Hilo, Hawaii for training at Camp Catlin, and was finally sent to Tarawa in the Second Marine Division, as a replacement for wounded soldiers. Eventually he was sent to Apemama Island and finally returned to Hawaii as part of the new Sixth Marine Division. He was trained to attack the Philippines at Eniwetok on the Marshall Islands, then on Saipan, and then Okinawa during the Japanese occupation of Okinawa. Eventually he was sent to Tsington, China, briefly and then dismissed to reunite with his family in Douglas, Arizona. Even though he didn’t talk much about his time in the ministry, his family realized that he had experienced things he didn’t want to discuss. After his honorable dismissal, his mother always hoped he would return to Sterling City. However, Garland has a different route in his mind towards his future. Using his GI Bill funds, in 1946, Garland re-registered at the University of Texas at Austin and joined the brotherhood, Phi Kappa Tau, who eventually became its social director. When his brotherhood sponsored a Valentine’s Day dance for a neighbor’s sister, a young woman caught his attention. Her name is Sally Patricia Richardson, better known as Pat. After a whirlwind courtship, they married shortly after and in November, they welcomed their first daughter, Margaret, to their world. Soon Garland moved his young family to Bryan, where he took a teaching job at Allen Academy. Wanderlust was in his soul when he welcomed almost every opportunity to travel and learn new things. Eventually the family found themselves in Honolulu, Hawaii, located near Pearl Harbor. It was there in Hawaii that a chance conversation with a good friend caused Garland to start thinking about what he could do and become in his future career. He began to consider his future with more goals than to let life happen. His new direction found Garland pursuing more education, this time enrolling at Stanford University where he got his master’s degree. He took three jobs to pay for his education, including working as a gardener, and as a teaching assistant at Stanford. Garland fell in love with education, special words, and decided on his Ph.D. will take him to the place he wants in the academic world. In January 1953, Garland packed up the family and moved to Austin, Texas, where he enrolled in doctoral studies at the University of Texas, Austin. When he completed his Ph.D. in English and linguistics from U.T. Austin, family of (now) four, daughter of Elizabeth (Liz) has arrived in Austin, they are heading to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where Garland takes a teaching position. Early in his academic career, Dr. Cannon is a popular speaker and prolific researcher in the field of linguistics, and so many research institutions invite him to spend a semester living on their campus. In 1956, Meriam had reached Bangkok, Thailand, where the third daughter, Jennifer, was born. Life there is as normal as possible; on Sunday afternoon, Pat Cannon will take his two daughters to an ice cream factory in Formosa for their weekend adventure. The next stop was in Jacksonville, Florida, where Garland taught in college when his children experienced a new elementary school. Every move is an adventure for the Cannon family; in 1958, Garland taught at the University of San Juan in Puerto Rico, and then tested family resilience by moving again to New York City, so that he could continue his research studies at Columbia University. Their accommodations belong to professors who do not have tenure and although their children go to special international schools in Columbia, their father still takes them to school every day. In 1959, he became director of English Studies in Kabul, Afghanistan. The best benefit of having parents who are international scholars is that his family is his priority and he rarely travels without them. As a result, his Christmas vacation gave his family plenty of time to travel to India, Pakistan, Tibet and Nepal for his linguistic research. The bonus is that children learn about the world, the culture of people, and the geographical terrain in each setting. He really is Indiana Jones. Garland prefers to travel non-tourists, so they have a vintage VW microbus and drive anywhere, day or night. For accommodation, they will stay, for example, in a monastery without electricity and without heat. An increasingly interesting experience, and several places feature many servants to help families. Garland and Pat enjoy bridges with adults and other servants who look after children. Cultural exchange is very important when her daughter Liz learns Farsi from one of the cooks, while she helps him with English. A summer trip to Europe was the next plan for the whole family and Pat said that summer produced the location of every toilet in Europe because having three daughters gave him that knowledge. The family photo album holds the key to the joy, adventure and memories that the whole family makes while Garland researches and writes some of the most prestigious linguistic volumes in the world. Together they see the world – Brussels, Jerusalem, Cairo (with a photo of him standing on a large pyramid), Rome, Pisa, and Paris. Garland wrote, or co-authored, books such as “Japanese Contribution to English,” “Persian Contribution to English,” and “Arabic Contribution to English.” Garland and Pat had a wider stay in the dark dank castle in London owned by the heiress Sir William Jones, a scholar who eventually Garland became the main authority. Jones is considered an authority on relations to the Indo-European language, as reflected in the Cannon volume, “Sir William Jones, Orientalist.” Jones is considered a master of 13 languages and he has knowledge of 28 other languages. In the United States again, the next family stop was Skokie, Illinois, from 1962-1963, during a typical winter, where Garland accepted a position at the University of Chicago. Winters was rude, so that in the summer the girls were too happy to travel to Sterling City, Texas, and spend time with their paternal grandparents and even enroll in a school there for a while. In 1963 Garland and Pat’s son, William Cannon (Will) was born and named William in honor of the prominent linguistic scholar who is sometimes referred to as “the Father of Modern Linguistics.” Subsequently, Cannons moved, this time to New York, when Garland joined Queens College in New York City. Life is a little calmer for girls and they have time to make friends at Manhasset, Long Island, during their middle school and early high school years. It was simpler then. Pat was not worried that his children would go alone to the New York World Fair in 1964. That same year, Dr. Cannon received a grant from the American Philosophical Society for research in the United Kingdom. After decades of chance and amazing travel, cultural and educational adventures, and at least 17 books, hundreds of academic articles published, and many international lectures invited, a campus called Texas A&M University developed at that time. Cannon answered and brought his family to College Station in the summer of 1966, building their long-term residence in the heart of the historic district. His expertise is Arabic, Farsi, and Japanese. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Texas A&M in 1972 and a grant from the Government of India in 1984, in the same year he received a grant from the Linguistic Society of America / American Council Learned Societies. Four years at Texas A&M, Dr. Cannon took a long vacation to research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a year before returning to Texas A&M. In 1980 they went to Kuwait and their son graduated from an international high school there. As the older children grew up, married and moved, Garland and Pat decided to continue their love of travel and join Aggie’s students as a companion on trips to China and Russia and everywhere in between. Pat once decided that they had toured the world three times. It could be the term “frequent fliers” first coined for Garland and Pat Cannon! Garland could not allow himself to retire completely. Following his official retirement in 1992, as Professor Emeritus, he continued his daily work routine. He would wake up in the morning, make lunch, ride his bicycle to campus, work in the library office until around 3:30 noon. and then swim in the university pool before going home. For the time being Garland and Pat are considering retiring in a small chalet in Paris, one of their favorite cities together, and they continue their cruise ship trips to Jamaica, Rio de Janeiro during Carnival time, and they even go to Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia for a year . and he will take the position of guest professor there. They love being a place where they can play bridges with friends. The couple, who have devoted themselves to each other throughout their lives, have endless energy and never sit still when the journey can be enjoyed. In 2010, Pat died at the age of 85. Garland tried to live independently in the local retirement community, and tried to keep in touch with all his friends, as loyal correspondents. However, for all challenging knowledge and mastery of language, the only challenge Garland chose not to conquer was the modern personal computer. So Liz’s daughter found new sources to find a replacement typing tape for her faithful standard word modifier, and she remained as productive as before. Liz became a loyal bridge partner and she participated in tournaments throughout the country. A coincidence visit to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, in 2015 will signal that Garland’s last happy home. 1989 gave Garland his first health challenge, his battle with prostate cancer. His prognosis is not good, but something that he describes as a miracle happens when he is in a place that should be his deathbed. A young Candy Striper visits his room in the hospital and asks if he can pray with him. Throughout his life he has basic faith but not as much as you will speak out loud. The next day after prayer, Garland woke up and he was not only better, he was also well enough to go home. In gratitude for what he considered his miraculous cure, Garland joined the St. Episcopal Church Thomas and faithfully present. He volunteered two evenings or evenings and visited the people in the hospital with gratitude to repay the kindness he had experienced there. As she entered her final years at College Station, Garland found it difficult to overcome predictable routines day after day, so Liz’s daughter was inspired to invite her to join him in the move. They live in Ft. It was valuable when he asked him, “Hey Dad, what would you think about moving to San Miguel de Allende?” The response? “I’ll love it!” So, in 2017, he found a beautiful casita for him to enjoy living alone. It was one of the happiest and most exciting parts of his life, especially the opportunity to experience a new culture. He hires full-time caregivers to accompany him to restaurants, trips to the Sierra Madres, and day trips to explore the natural beauty there. Of course Dr. Cannon is fluent in Spanish, and he is so happy to be in a beauty environment that can never be predicted that one day he decided he should be called “Orlando,” a name he chose himself. The last years are as rich as possible. With Liz and her beloved Labrador dog traveling to see her father every day, she will meet him reading and resting comfortably, because everything is true in this smart and talented scholar world. An Episcopal priest visited him in his last days and he gave clear signs that he was happy, peaceful, and prepared to travel, once again, to the adventure that awaited him when life in this world ended. Garland Cannon left the world on April 25, 2020. There is little doubt that his world is a series of dynamic adventures, which began on Valentine’s Day in 1947 and lasted for the next 73 years from 95 years of his life on Earth. Garland was abandoned by daughter Margaret Cannon of Bryan and her son Nathaniel Swanson; daughter of Jennifer Cannon Cokerham (Monty); the daughter of Liz Jacobson of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and her son, William (Will) Cannon of Austin. Additional survivors included granddaughter Paige Jacobson Glier (Kip) from Houston with her great-grandchildren, Mia and Sophie Glier, and her grandchild, Chuck Jacobson from Houston. The family would like to thank Stan Antrobus, previously Home Instead, for Dr. friendship and professional care. Cannon at College Station. Warning services will be held in the future. Say condolences online at CallawayJones.com.
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