Rebecca “Becky” Moreton graduated from the University of Mississippi and earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Tulane University in 2001. She was in U.S. Government service as a linguist at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C. in the 1960s; after returning to Oxford in the 1970s, she became an instructor in French in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi and also taught undergraduate linguistics courses.
Donald L. Dyer, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Distinguished Professor of Modern Languages, says about the donation, “Becky Moreton was my colleague and dear friend, and I miss her greatly. She was one of the finest linguistic minds I have even had the pleasure of knowing, and the contribution is a beautiful tribute to her. The Department of Modern Languages and the University of Mississippi will forever be grateful for this contribution as it is a way for Becky’s colleagues and linguistics students at UM to honor and remember her as well.”