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Charles R. Berger (1939-2018)

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 1, 2018


ICA Past President and Fellow, Charles R. Berger, passed away on 25 September, 2018.

Dr. Berger was Professor Emeritus at the U of California, Davis. He was one of the creators of the influential Uncertainty Reduction Theory (1975), and was an integral part of the field with his focus on theory and studies on message production processes and the processing of threat-related messages.


Berger authored more than 100 articles and book chapters and was co-editor on the Handbook of Communication Science. In addition to his prolific contribution to the literature, Berger was editor of the ICA journal, Human Communication Research (1983-1986), and co-editor of Communication Research (1994-1999).


Elected as an ICA Fellow in 1987, Berger continued his service to ICA as President in 1995. He was the recipient of the ICA Fellows Book Award in 2002 for Language and Social Knowledge: Uncertainty in Interpersonal Relationships, and received the National Communication Association’s Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication in 2008.


“Chuck Berger was a wonderful scholar, a creative thinker, an important and highly influential figure in our field, a delightful guy, and a supportive colleague. His intellectual and service contributions to ICA and our discipline span many decades,” said Cynthia Stohl (U of California, Santa Barabara), ICA Fellow and Past President, “From his award-winning work on uncertainty reduction in the 1970s, his editorship of HCR in the 1980s, serving as ICA President in the 1990s, being recipient of the ICA Fellows Book Award in the 2000s, to his most recent panel participation on the future of our field at Yonsei U on 20 August, 2018, Chuck was always a part of the central conversations and debates in our field. He will be sorely missed.”

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