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In Memoriam

Ed Aboufadel (Grand Valley State University) is editor of "In Memoriam." Please send relevant information to him at inmemoriam@maa.org.

2014

Bert Waits died on July 27, 2014.

Abdulalim A. Shabazz died on June 25, 2014. Read more about his life.

Daniel C. Comiskey passed away on June 11, 2014, at the age of 84. He was a teacher at the Taft School in Watertown, CT for 35 years, and a member of the MAA since 1986. Read more about his life.

Sylvester Reese died on May 21, after being in decline for some time. 

Billy F. Bryant, retired professor of mathematics at Vanderbilt University and longtime MAA member, died on April 25, 2014. 

William T. Fishback, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Earlham College, passed away on March 9, 2014. In addition to teaching at Earlham College, he taught at the University of Vermont and Ohio University and held various visiting appointments at SUNY New Paltz, Clark University, Harvard University, and Denison University. During World War II he was a staff member at the M.I.T. Radiation Laboratory, a major government radar development agency.

2013

Arthur Dickinson passed away on December 5, 2013, at the age of 76. He was a professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, and a member of the MAA since 1983. He was a member of the History of Math SIGMAA. His obituary can be found here.

Douglas Radford Shanklin passed away on November 12, 2013, at the age of 82. He was a professor at the University of Tennessee and a member of the Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL). Shanklin was a professor of pathology, and he firmly believed in the collegiality of medicine, belonging to many organizations dedicated to the advancement of science and medicine. He was a member of the MAA since 1997. An extensive discussion of his career can be found on the page published by asip.org, and a citation by the MBL.

Seymour Kass passed away on April 12, 2013, just shy of his 87th birthday. He was a professor of mathematics at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, and a member of the MAA since 1957. Read more about his life here.

Mary Ellen Rudin passed away on March 18, 2013, at the age of 88. She was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a member of the MAA since 1952. Rudin was known for her influential work in topology, was a student of R. L. Moore, and was elected to the inaugural class of AMS Fellows. Prof. Rudin was the MAA Hedrick Lecturer in 1979, and served on the MAA Board of Governors as well as numerous other MAA committees. More information about her career, including links to remembrances, can be found on the MAA news page, as well as her Wikipedia page, pages published by the University of St. Andrews and The Aperiodical, and a memorial resolution written by her colleagues at the University of Wisconsin. She was identified several times in the Paul R. Halmos “Who’s That Mathematician” collection (page 25, page 44, and page 46). Her husband was mathematician Walter Rudin.

Edward “Ted” Odell passed away on January 9, 2013, at the age of 65. He was a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the MAA since 1978. He was the co-author of Number Theory Through Inquiry, published by the MAA. Information about his career can be found in this article in The Daily Texan, as well as his obituary.

Ray Ayoub passed away on January 5, 2013, at the age of 90. He was a professor at Pennsylvania State University, and a member of the MAA since 1953. He received the MAA Lester R. Ford award in 1975 for his article “Euler and the zeta function” in the Monthly. He was also the editor of Musings of the Masters, published by the MAA. Ayoub served on the MAA Board of Governors for two years, and also served as associate secretary of the AMS for seven years. Ayoub was remembered in article published by voicesweb.org, and an extensive remembrance of his life and career is available here.

2012

Richard C. Metzler passed away on June 2, 2012. He joined the MAA in 1962.

Donald Bushaw passed away on May 8, 2012, at the age of 85. He was a professor and department chair at Washington State University. Bushaw’s Ph.D. thesis is recognized as the beginning of modern optimal control theory. He was a member of the MAA since 1964, and received the Certificate of Meritorious Service award from the Pacific Northwest Section in 1996. A retrospective of his career is available from Washington State University, as well as a remembrance in the AMS Notices (see page 298). Read his obituary.

Raymond William Freese, 78, passed away on March 11, 2012. He joined the MAA in 1960. Read more about his life here.

Benedict Freedman, 92, passed away on March 4, 2012. Freedman joined MAA in 1967. Read more about his life here.

Robert Owens, 90, passed away on February 28, 2012. An MAA member since 1954, read more about his life here.

Harry Rosenzweig, 72, passed away February 3, 2012. An MAA member since 1970, read more about his life here.

Bonnie Litwiller, 74, passed away January 27, 2012. An MAA member since 1962, read more about her life.

Radhika Ramamurthi passed away on January 27, 2012, at the age of 38, after a long struggle with cancer. She was a professorof mathematics at California State University San Marcos, and a member of the MAA. Ramamurthi was known for her mentoring of women in mathematics, and tributes can be found from Cal State San Marcos faculty, students, and the University of Illinois.

Marion Wetzel, 92, passed away on January 14, 2012. An MAA member since 1952, read more about her life here.

Dorothy Heller, 91, passed away on January 13, 2012. An MAA member since 1968, read more about her life here.

H. David Lipsich, 91, passed away on January 12, 2012. An MAA member since 1943, read more about his life here (pdf).

Basil Gordon passed away on January 12, 2012, at the age of 80. He was a professor of mathematics at UCLA, and a member of the MAA since 1954. Gordon was known for his contributions to number theory, combinatorics, algebra, and applied mathematics. He was Tom Apostol's first PhD student and went on to supervise 26 doctoral students at UCLA. Gordon did significant work for the MAA’s Anneli Lax New Mathematical Library. He was remembered in the AMS Notices in this article, and further information can be found on his Wikipedia page. Read more about his life here.

William Ullery, 58, passed away on January 1, 2012. An MAA member since 1980, read more about his life here.

2011

Bevan K. Youse passed away on December 13, 2011. He was a retired professor of mathematics at Emory University. He joined the MAA in 1951.

William Seugling, 89, passed away on December 5, 2011. Seugling joined MAA in 1950. Read more about his life here.

James Ylvisaker, 73, passed away November 22, 2011. An MAA member since 1992, read more about his life here.

Edward John Specht, 96, passed away on November 9, 2011. An MAA member since 1949, read more about his life here.

Robert Young, 89, passed away on October 1, 2011. Young joined MAA in 1960. Read more about his life here.

Frederick "Ty" Cunningham, 90, passed away on September 28, 2011. An MAA member since 1955, read more about his life here.

Solomon Leader, 85, passed away on August 13, 2011. An MAA member since 1958, read more about his life here.

Paul Meier, 87, passed away August 7, 2011. An MAA Lifetime member, he joined the MAA in 1948. Read more about his life here.

Dick Jarvinen, 72, passed away on July 6, 2011. Read more about his life here (pdf).

Richard Gustafson, 79, passed away on July 4, 2011. Read more about his life here.

Claire Krukenberg, 71, passed away on June 20, 2011. An MAA member since 1969, read more about her life here.

Hubert Ludwig, 76, passed away on June 19, 2011. An MAA member since 1964, read more about his life here.

Jean Drach passed away on June 13, 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of Calculus" by students at The College of Mount St. Joseph, she has been an MAA member since 1963. Read more about her life here.

Howard Wicke, 87, passed away on June 6, 2011. An MAA member since 1952, read more about his life here.

John E. Osborn, 74, passed away on May 30, 2011. An MAA member since 1972, read more about his life here.

Theodore G. Ostrom, 95, passed away on May 12, 2011. An MAA member since 1948, read more about his life here.

Franklin Takashi Iha, 73, passed away on May 9, 2011. An MAA member since 1978, read more about her life here.

J. Ernest Wilkins, 87, passed away on May 1, 2011. An MAA member since 1947, read more about his life here.

David R. Hayes, 73, passed away April 10, 2011. An MAA member since 1964, read more about his life here.

Ronald Nunke, 85, passed away April 3, 2011. An MAA member since 1957, read more about his life here.

John L. Brown, 85, passed away on February 20, 2011. An MAA member since 1952, read more about his life here.

Monica Wyzalek, 77, passed away on January 13, 2011. An MAA member since 1954, read more about her life here.

2010

Keith Schrader, 72, passed away on December 27, 2010. An MAA member since 2007, read more about his life here.

Hughes Hoyle, 67, died on November, 25, 2010. MAA member since 1946. Read more about his life here.

Marlene Guers died on November 19, 2010. An instructor of mathematics at Penn State Hazleton since 1981, she became a member of MAA in 1993. Read more about her life here.

Bernard Sohmer, 81, passed away on November 10, 2010. An MAA member since 1959, read more about his life here.

Peter J. Hilton, 87, died on November 6, 2010. Author and distinguished professor at Binghamton University, Hilton served as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park alongside Alan Turing during World War II. He joined MAA in 1964. Read more about his life here.

Edward Nelson, died on October 26, 2010. MAA member since 1951. Read more about his life here.

Peter Hagerty, 87, died on October 22, 2010. Read more about his life here.

Constance Reid, 92, died on October 14, 2010. A highly respected author and biographer of mathematicians, Reid won many MAA awards for her mathematical exposition. She joined MAA in 1988. Read more about her life here.

Benoît Mandelbrot, 85, died October 14, 2010. Mandelbrot coined the term "fractal" and his seminal work, The Fractal Geometry of Nature (1982), turned fractals into a respectable idea in mathematics. Read more about his life here.

Jerry Marsden, 68, died on September 21, 2010. Carl F. Braun Professor of Engineering, Control and Dynamical Systems, and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Caltech since 1992, Marsden joined MAA in 1974. Read more about his life here.

Richard Maher, 67, died on September 14, 2010. An MAA member since 1971, Maher served as an associate professor of mathematics and statistics at Loyola University of Chicago. Read more about his life here.

Kim Ray Penrose, 66, died on September 6, 2010. An MAA member since 1967, he worked as a simulation engineer at CEI. Read more about his life here.

Joan Morrison, 63, died on August 20, 2010. A member of the MAA since 2004, Morrison joined the Goucher mathematics department in 1980. Read more about her life here.

Wayne Lingle, 62, passed away July 28, 2010. An MAA member since 1970, read more about his life here.

Marie Wurster died on July 26, 2010. A dedicated professor of mathematics at Temple University, Wurster joined MAA in 1947. Read more about her life here.

Barbara (Bloom) Ranson, 60,died on July 26, 2010. A geotechnical engineer and teacher of mathematics, she had been a member of MAA since 2003. Read more about her life here.

David Harold Blackwell, 91, died on July 8, 2010. Emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, Blackwell was the first African American elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He joined MAA in 1953. The National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) David Blackwell Lecture is presented annually at MathFest, MAA's summer meeting. Read more about his life here.

Vivian Heigl, 86, died on July 3, 2010. She joined MAA in 1949. She served as a mathematics lecturer at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside, retiring in 1995. Read more about her life here.

James A. Hummel, 82, died on June 23, 2010. Hummel served as mathematics professor at University of Maryland from 1957 to 1993. He joined MAA in 1951. Read more about his life here.

William F. Lucas, 77, died on June 7, 2010. He had been an MAA member since 1962. Lucas was a world-renowned expert in Game Theory who specialized in fair-division and voting systems. Read more about his life here.

Leo J. Schneider, died suddenly on June 6, 2010. Schneider was one of the country's premier mathematical problem posers and a longtime member of the MAA. Read more about his life here.

Vladimir Arnold, 73, died on June 3, 2010. Read more about the life of this wide-ranging mathematician here.

Alphonso DiPietro, 88, died on May 31, 2010. DiPietro was a mathematics professor at Eastern Illinois University for 50 years. Read more about his life here. DiPietro had been an MAA member since 1959.

Martin Gardner, 95, died on May 22, 2010. Acclaimed mathematics and science writer, Gardner introduced readers to the joys of recreational mathematics, bedeviled cranks, and pseudoscientists. Read more about his life here.

MAA and ThinkFun hosted a reception to celebrate Gardner's work and continue his pursuit of a playful and fun approach to mathematics, science, art, magic, literature, philosophy, and puzzles, on what would have been Gardner's 96th birthday. Read more about that event here.

MAA Tribute to Martin Gardner Page

Walter Rudin, 89, died May 20, 2010. A mathematician and author, Rudin taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for more than 30 years. For more on his life click here.

Paul Garabedian, 82, died on May 13, 2010. Garabedian lead the division of computational fluid dynamics at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Read more about his life here.

Robert Jules Levit, 94, died on May 13, 2010. He was awarded the Legion of Merit by the Secretary of Defense for materially aiding in the successful prosecution of the war for the analysis, design and development of cryptographic technologies and tools used to secure and protect Naval communications during World War II. He joined the MAA in 1947. Read more about his life here.

Sanford Segal, 72, died May 7, 2010. Segal was professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Rochester where he taught for 44 years before retiring in 2008. Read more about his life here. Segal had been an MAA member since 1958.

James Robert Wesson, 88, died April 25, 2010. A mathematician at Vanderbilt University and author of an influential algebra textbook, Wesson had been an MAA member since 1949. Read more about his life here.

Dorothy Knight, 94, died on April 21, 2010. An MAA member since 1942, she taught mathematics at Muskingum College for the 41 years. Read more about her life here.

Robert Bryan, 87, died on April 13, 2010. Professor emeritus of mathematics at Knox College, Bryan joined MAA in 1963. Read more about his life here.

Timothy Robertson, 73, passed away on April 5, 2010. An MAA member since 1960, read more about his life here.

Richard Stauduhar, 69, died on March 26, 2010. He was a retired mathematician from the SETI Institute and UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab in California. Stauduhar had been an MAA member since 1989.

Eric Avern Sturley, 95, died on March 23, 2010. An MAA member since 1949, Sturley served as an interpreter and intelligence officer in the US Army during World War II. Read more about his life here.

John A. Berton, 79, died on March 23, 2010. Berton earned his PhD from the University of Illinois-Champaign in 1964. He taught at the University of Illinois, Indiana State University and Ripon College before moving to Ohio Northern University where he retired in 1996. Berton had been an MAA member since 1959. For more on his life click here.

Eric A. Sturley died on March 23, 2010. He had been a member of MAA since 1949. Read more about his life here (pdf).

George W. Heigho, 77, died on March 19, 2010.  Heigho held graduate degrees in history of science and mathematics from Harvard University and Boston University. He was an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Physics at Suffolk University, MA, before working for IBM. He retired from IBM in 1995 as a Senior Information Developer. For more on his life click here.

Alice Beckenbach, 93, died on March 18, 2010. A lifetime member of the MAA, she was married to Edwin Beckenbach, a long-time leader in the publications program of the Association and a well-known professor of mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. The Beckenbach Book Prize is named in his honor.

Ts'ing-Hi Tong, 86, died on March 18, 2010, in Jacksonville, Illinois. He was a faculty member in the mathematics department of Illinois College from 1964 until his retirement in 1993. He taught the college's very first computer programming course (Spring, 1966). After living in the Shanghai region in China, and then Saigon, Vietnam, he moved to the U.S. and received his B.A. in mathematics (with minor in French) from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) in 1961, and M.S. in mathematics from DePaul University (Chicago) in 1963. He was an MAA member from 1964-2004.

Dean C. Benson died on March 18, 2010. Benson earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics at Iowa State University and was a professor at several colleges, ending with 23 years at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. An MAA member since 1954, he served on MAA's Board of Governors and remained an Honorary Member. Read more about his life here.

Mary Elizabeth Layne Boas, 92, passed away on February 17, 2010. Boas earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics from the University of Washington in 1938 and 1940, and her PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1948. She taught physics at DePaul University in Chicago for three decades before retiring in 1987. In 2006 she published the third edition of her textbook Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences. Boas had been an MAA member 1972 - 2003. For more on her life click here.

Alan Goldman, 77, passed away on February 13, 2010. Goldman earned his PhD from Princeton University in 1956 and worked in operations research at the National Bureau of Standards until 1979.In 1979 he moved to Johns Hopkins University where he remained until 1999. For more on his life click here. He had been an MAA member since 1951.

Lester Dubins, 89, passed away on February 11, 2010. Dubins was a distinguished probabilist who joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 1962. He remained there until his retirement in 2004. He been an MAA member since 1956.

Christopher L. Byrnes, 60, passed away on February 7, 2010. Byrnes earned his PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1975, and taught at the University of Utah, Harvard University and Arizona State University where he founded the Center for Engineering Research. Byrnes went on to become the dean of School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis. At the time of his death he was a visiting professor in optimization and systems theory at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He had been an MAA member since 2007. For more on his life click here.

William Donald "Bill" Markel, 77, died on February 5, 2010. He had been an MAA member since 1949. Passionate about fitness, music, and mathematics, Markel served as a professor of mathematics and chair of the department of education at Hanover College from 1987 to 2002. Read more about his life here.

Richard Lashof, 87, passed away on February 4, 2010. Lashof earned his PhD from Columbia University in 1954 and joined the faculty at the University of Chicago. He received a post doctoral fellowship from NSF in 1959 and during 1960-61 he was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ. Lashof helped transform the field of geometric and differential topology into an important mathematical force. He had been an MAA member since 1961. For more on his life click here.

Steve Fisk, 63, passed away on January 31, 2010 after a long battle with leukemia. Fisk earned his PhD from Harvard and accepted a post-doctoral teaching postion at MIT. He moved to Bowdoin College in 1977 where he remained until his death. Many in the mathematics community will remember him through his proof of the Art Gallery Theorem. Fisk had been an MAA member since 1962. For more on his life click here .

James F. Hannan 87, passed away on January 26, 2010. Hannan earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He had been a professor of statistics and probability at Michigan State University. He had been an MAA member since 1956.

Warren Loud, 88, passed away on January 15, 2010. Loud earned his PhD from MIT, and taught at the University of Minnesota for 45 years. He served as associate chair of the math department in the 1960s, and was the founder and adviser for the university's math team. Loud received Institute of Technology Alumni Society's Outstanding Teaching Award in 1979. His specialty was ordinary differential equations. He had been an MAA member since 1947. For more on his life click here.

Michael E. Moody, 57, passed away on January 21, 2010. Moody earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1979, and taught at Washington State University from 1981 to 1994. He then moved to Harvey Mudd College, serving as department chair from 1996 to 2002. Largely as a result of his leadership, HMC's math department was awarded the AMS's inaugural award for an Exemplary Mathematics Program in 2006. In 2002, he moved to Olin College where he served as its VP for Academic Affairs and founding Dean of Faculty. He had been an MAA member since 1996. For more on his life, click here. .

Frederick H. Steen, 102, died on January 13, 2010. Steen received his PhD from Harvard University and taught at Georgia Tech for eight years. He then moved on to Allegheny College where he remained for 33 years. He had been an MAA member since 1935. For more on his life click here

Eugene Pringle, 70, died on January 5, 2010. He had been an MAA member since 1961.


In Memoriam Archive


This page provides short death notices of interest to members of the MAA. Send notices to inmemoriam@maa.org.

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