We take sad note of the passing, earlier this month, of Elizabeth M. Stanton, better known to some of us as Betty Stanton, at the age of 90. Along with her husband Harry, Betty was instrumental in the Press's entrance into the then-nascent field of cognitive science, when we brought Harry and Betty aboard and acquired their small publishing house, Bradford Books, making it an imprint of ours. The initial release in this partnership was Daniel Dennett's Brainstorms, still in print more than 30 years later. Under the Stantons' guardianship, the Bradford imprint would go on the work of virtually all major scholars in cognitive science, as Dennett told us recently:
Over the first dozen years of its existence it published most of the important books by leaders in the field: Pinker, Jackendoff, Levelt, McClelland and Rumelhart, Shepard, Pylyshyn, Premack, Carey, Gazzaniga, Grossberg, Braitenberg, Fauconnier, Simon and Ericson, Holland, Holyoak, Thagard, Arbib, Hinton, Gallistel ... and essentially all the important books in philosophy of cognitive science--Dretske, Fodor, Block, Millikan, Stich, Patricia and Paul Churchland, Barwise and Perry, Harman, Haugeland, Flanagan, Lycan, Stalnaker, Putnam, Goldman, Clark, Lloyd, and myself. Who of any importance wasn’t a Bradford author in those years?
A memorial service for Betty Stanton will be held on August 18 in Ipswich, MA. She will be missed.