Prof. Geoff Leech collapsed in his office yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 19 August). Colleagues in the department got help promptly and porters and security staff did CPR. Ambulance crews arrived quickly, continued the CPR, and took Geoff to Royal Lancaster Infirmary. But the medical staff there were unable to revive him, and he was declared dead, at the age of 78 Professor Leech joined Lancaster University in 1969 and was a founding member of the Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language. He retired in 2002 and became Emeritus Professor in the department. In March 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Lancaster University, in recognition of his service and contribution to the University, particularly in research, and it was at this time he wrote a moving autobiography which can be read by clicking here. Professor Leech had an international reputation for his work on stylistics, pragmatics, and descriptive grammar and his research on computer corpora, including the compilation of the LOB Corpus and the BNC (British National Corpus), has been instrumental in establishing Lancaster within the world top 10 for Linguistics. His expertise, knowledge and passion for Linguistics and the English Language will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him, and Lancaster University as a whole. His sudden death is a significant loss not only to his family and many friends personally but also to the linguistics department and corpus linguistics intellectually. As far as Geoff is concerned, "Old professors never die, they merely fade away." May Geoff rest in peace.