# In Memoriam Archive

## In Memoriam Archive

### 2009

D. Bruce Erickson, 66, died on December 23, 2009. He had been an MAA member since 1963. For more on his life click here.

William Duffie, 74, died on December 23, 2009. He had been an MAA member since 1973.

Gary Regensburg, 59, died on September 28, 2009. He was a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and worked as an engineer at Ortho-McNeil. He had been an MAA member since 1985. For more on his life click here.

Gordon Raisbeck, 84, died June 15, 2009. He was an MAA member since 1949. Read more about his life here.

Marion Pour-El , 81, died on June 10, 2009. Pour-El received her bachelor's degree in physics from Hunter College. She received a full scholarship to Harvard University where she received a Masters and a PhD. She was one of the first women to receive a PhD in mathematics. After receiving her PhD she spent several years teaching at Penn State before moving to the Institute for Advanced Studies where she worked with Kurt Gödel. In 1964 she joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota where she remained until her retirement in 2000. She had been an MAA member since 1961. For more on her life click here.

Dianne Haber, 66, passed away on March 19, 2009. MAA member since 1974. Read more about her life here.

John R. Knudsen, 92, died on February 6, 2009. He received his PhD from New York University and had been an MAA member since 1961.

William R. Transue, 94 died on February 3, 2009. He received his PhD from Lehigh University in 1942. He spent some academic time overseas, spent a year at the Advanced Institute of Study working as an assistant to Marston Morse, and also taught at Kenyon before moving to Binghamton University in 1966 where he stayed until he retired in 1983. He had been an MAA member since 1949. For more on his life click here.

### 2008

Elvy Fredrickson, 87, died on December 11, 2008. Professor emerita of mathematics, she became an MAA member in 1955. Read more about her life here.

France Sullivan died on December 14, 2008. MAA member since 1980. Read more about her life here.

John Wells Brace, 82, passed away on December 26, 2008. An MAA member since 1952. Read more about his life here.

Peter Szüsz, 83, died February 16th in Boston of complications following heart surgery. A survivor of the Nazi labor camps during World War II, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Budapest and his D.Sci. from the Hungarian Academy of Science, where he was a research fellow from 1950 to 1965. He was a professor of mathematics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University) from 1966 until his retirement in 1994 and had seven Ph.D. students. His principal interests were probabilistic methods in analysis and number theory, diophantine approximation, Fourier series, and the constructive theory of functions. His well received 1992 book written with Andrew M. Rockett on Continued Fractionswas hailed by Ivan Niven as ... an outstanding addition to the literature of mathematics.'' An accomplished violinist, he studied for many years with Isidore Cohen and enthusiastically played chamber music (as well as bridge and chess) with his many friends.

Raymond F. Kramer, Jr. (1932-2008) died Saturday February 23, 2008 after a brief illness. Kramer was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, and was a longtime resident of the South Bay. He received his Masters Degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1956, and moved to California to pursue his career. After a brief period at Douglas Aircraft, he did graduate studies at UCLA. Kramer then took a position at Space Technology Laboratories where he remained until his retirement in 1988. During his career he developed important computer models of such things as the thermal heating of spacecraft during reentry. Specifically, he was an expert in developing models employing differential equations for computer solution. Kramer had been a member of the MAA since 1966.

Michael Irven Ratliff, 63, passed away on February 4 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Ratliff was a professor of mathematics and statistics at Northern Arizona University. He was responsible for numerous curriculum changes which included developing and directing the Actuarial Science Program in the department. Ratliff received a BS in math and physics from Pacific Union College, a Masters from Colorado State University, and PhD in mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is survived by his wife Dr. Janet M. McShane, son Nicholas Ratliff, sister Sandra Ratliff, and numerous other family members. He had been a member of the MAA since 1968.

Izaak Wirszup, 93, professor of mathematics at the University of Chicago passed away on January 30 of unknown causes. Professor Wirszup had been a holocaust survivor who warned the US was falling behind Russia in teaching mathematics to children during the Cold War. He developed curricula that stressed creativity and reasoning over learning figures by rote. He joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1949 and earned his PhD in 1955 from the university. Wirszup had been an MAA member since 1954. Herbert B. Keller, Professor of Applied Mathematics Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2008. He was 82 years old. Keller, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, earned his PhD in mathematics from New York University in 1954. After working as a research scientist and associate professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU, he arrived at Caltech in 1965 as a visiting professor. He became a full professor two years later. At Caltech, Keller served as an executive officer for applied mathematics and director of Caltech's branch of the Center for Research on Parallel Computation. He retired in 2000 but remained an active researcher, attending seminars, workshops, and conferences related to his fields of interest. A memorial page has been set up at http://herbertkeller.blogspot.com/. Roy Dubisch, 90, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, passed away on January 20 in Sedona, Arizona. Dubisch earned his PhD at the University of Chicago. He taught at several colleges and universities, including Fresno State College, where he also served as department chair before settling at the University of Washington. He was the author of many books on mathematics including The Nature of Number, Introduction to Abstract Algebra, and The Teaching of Mathematics. Dubisch served as editor of Mathematics Magazine from 1964-68. He had been a member of the Association since 1946. Robert J. Rubin, 81 died on January 18, 2008 from multiple myeloma. He worked as a mathematician and a physicist at the National Bureau of Standards and the National Institutes of Health. For more on his life click here. Rubin had been an MAA member since 1975. Van A. McAuley, 81 died on January 8, 2008. He was retired from NASA Huntsville. McAuley had been an MAA member since 1986.

### 2007

Morris Newman, 92, passed away in 2007. Newman joined MAA in 1950. Read more about his life here. Wilfred Kaplan, 92 died on December 26, 2007. He was professor emeritus of mathematics from the University of Michigan. Kaplan was also heavily involved with the American Association for University Professors serving as the president of the University of Michigan chapter and president of the Michigan AAUP conference during the 1950s and 1960s. For more on Kaplan's life click here.

Dr. David J. DeVries, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Georgia College & State University, died on March 16, 2007. Dr. DeVries was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and earned his B.A. from Calvin College and M.A. and PhD degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. He began his college teaching career at Hobart & William Smith College in Geneva, NY and then moved to Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, NC before coming to GCSU in 1983. He served as chair of the Department of Mathematics at GCSU from 1983-1995 and he continued as a faculty member in the department until his retirement in 2004. Even during his retirement, his love for teaching mathematics and commitment to working with students brought him back to teach on a part-time basis. Dr. DeVries was deeply committed to understanding how undergraduates learn mathematics and was active in the SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics

### 2006

Kermit Grover Clemens, 85 died on December 27, 2006. He earned his PhD in 1953 from the University of Oregon. He spent most of his teaching career at Southern Illinois Unviersity Edwardsville before retiring in 1987. He had been an MAA member since 1949.

Dr. Stephen J. Madden, Jr. died on October 7. He was 70. Madden earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from MIT and spent his entire career at MIT and its affliliated institutes. Early in his career, as part of the Apollo missions, he was responsible for determining the precise location of the moon throughout the mission, which allowed the deployment and redocking of the lunar module to the mother ship. He had been a member of the MAA since 1978.

Steven Galovich died suddenly on December 14 at his home in Waukegan, IL. He was 61. Galovich spent twenty years at Carleton College where he taught and served as Associate Dean of Faculty. For last twelve years he taught at Lake Forest College. He received his BA and BS degrees in mathematics from the University of California-Davis, and his PhD from Brown University. In 1988 he won the Carl Allendoerfer Award for expository writing. He had been a member of the MAA for 31 years. For more details on Steve Galovich's career see http://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/news/news_story.asp?iNewsID=518&strBack=/Default.asp.

Don Kreider, MAA President 1993-1994, died suddenly on December 7. See our obituary from the January 2007 issue of FOCUS.

G. Baley Price,legendary mathematician and former MAA President dies at 101. See our obituary from the December 2006 issue of FOCUS.

Leon Henkin (1921-2006) died on November 1 at his home in Oakland, CA. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Henkin did his doctoral work in Princeton under the direction of Alonzo Church, receiving his PhD in 1947. He worked in logic, but during World War II he did quite a lot of applied work for the war effort, including a stint at Los Alamos. He went to the University of Southern California in 1949, then moved to the University of California at Berkeley in 1953, staying there until his retirement. In addition to his mathematical work and his teaching, Henkin made a mark with his work towards increasing the number of women and minorities in mathematics. He started this work in the 1960s, and he was still at it until recently. In 1990, Henkin received the first Yueh-Gin and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Distinguished Service to Mathematics Award from the MAA. The citation, which appeared in the January 1990 issue of the American Mathematical Monthly, focused on Henkin's contribution to mathematics education and to increasing opportunities for women and minorities in mathematics. Henkin appeared unexpectedly on the cover of the December 2005 issue of FOCUS, when Kristy Sorensen of the Archives for American Mathematics asked for help in identifying the mathematician appearing in a series of photographs. Kristy's report on the responses she received appeared in the March 2006 issue. Henkin was a member of the MAA for 49 years.

Paul R. Halmos (1919-2006), a major figure in twentieth century mathematics, died on October 2 in Los Gatos, California. See our obituary from the November 2006 issue of FOCUS.

George B. Thomas, 92, died on October 31, 2006. Thomas received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Spokane University and the University of Washington. In 1940 he completed his PhD at Cornell University and went to MIT where he remained until his retirement. Thomas was active in the MAA serving on the Board of Governors and also as first vice-president in 1958-59. For more on his life click here. James Hickman, 79, died on September 10 of cancer. Professor Hickman had been professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He had been an MAA member since 1957. For more on his life click here.

Zalman Rubinstein of the University of Haifa passed away unexpectedly on September 7, 2006. Born in Warsaw, Poland, on June 14, 1933, he completed his PhD under Mishael Zedek at the University of Maryland in 1962. He taught at Clark University for several years before moving to the University of Haifa in 1972. Rubinstein's area of research was complex analysis, with a special interest in the zeros of real and complex polynomials; he wrote over 30 papers on this subject. Rubinstein was President of the Israel Mathematical Union in 1974-76. He had been a member of the MAA since 1963.

Dov Tamari, 95, died on August 11, 2006 in Jerusalem. Tamari was educated in Vienna, Giessen, and Frankfurt. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Paris. His mathematical work, mostly in logic and related fields, led to several appointments at U.S. institutions. Shortly before his death Tamari had completed a biography of Moritz Pasch, a German mathematician of Jewish faith. He had been a member of the Association since 1963.

Robert L. Wilson died on August 11 in Dublin, Ohio. He was 89. He spent most of his career teaching mathematics at Ohio Wesleyan University. While there he created a new mathematics program that graduated three mathematics PhDs from its first graduating class of nine. Ohio Wesleyan now has awards in both mathematics and computer science that are named after him. After retirement he stayed active in teaching working with 5th graders in a school near his apartment. He was also active in the Ohio section, serving as chair in 1961-62.He was a member of the Association for 59 years.

Frederick Mosteller, 89, passed away on July 23, 2006. Mosteller earned his PhD from Princeton University in 1946 and was hired by Harvard's Social Relations Department. He went on to become professor of mathematical statistics. Mosteller had been an MAA member since 1938. For more on his life click here. Theodore J. Rivlin, 79 passed away on July 22, 2006. Rivlin earned his PhD from Harvard University in 1953 and accepted his first position as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University. From there he moved to New York University and then on to Fairchild Engine and Airplane Company. In 1959 Rivlin moved to T.J. Watson Research Company where he remained until his retirement in 1994. Rivlin had been an MAA member since 1951. For more on his life click here. Nathan Mendelsohn, 89, passed away on July 21, of hepatitis C contracted through tainted blood. Professor Mendelsohn taught mathematics at the University of Manitoba for 57 years. He had been an MAA member since 1945. For more on his life click here.

Karen Dee Michalowicz died on July 17, 2006 at the age of 63. She was a nationally recognized mathematics teacher at the Langley School in McLean, Virginia, having received the Presidential Award for Mathematics Teaching in 1994. Karen was especially interested in the use of history in the teaching of mathematics. In that role, she co-directed the NSF-sponsored, MAA administered grant program, Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics, beginning in 1998. That program involved about twenty-five college and high school teachers of mathematics, who produced such a large amount of material for teaching mathematics using history that the MAA was forced to publish it as a CD. In 1998, she was also invited to participate in the study group on History in Mathematics Education, organized by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction. After an intensive week of discussions, the group ultimately co-authored the ICMI Study, History in Mathematics Education, which appeared in 2000. Karen was in charge of the group writing the chapter on "History in support of diverse educational requirements — opportunities for change". Over the years, she had amassed a huge collection of mathematics texts from the nineteenth century and earlier, a collection whose contents she enthusiastically shared with students and colleagues in many presentations at national and international meetings. She will be greatly missed by her numerous friends and colleagues in the MAA, the WME, the NCTM, and the Benjamin Banneker Association, among others.

Frank T. Kocher died on July 6, 2006. He was 86. After 34 years at Pennsylvania State University, he had retired in 1991 and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition to doing mathematics, he was an accomplished pianist. He had been a member of the Association since 1948.

John E. Hafstrom, of Poulsbo, WA, died July 4, 2006. He was 91. He grew up in North Dakota, graduating from what is now North Dakota State University in Fargo. Hafstrom taught high school math and music until Word War II, at which time he joined the Navy and was trained in electronics. Following the war, he earned his Masters Degree and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He then taught mathematics and headed the Mathematics Department at the University of Minnesota, Duluth for many years. In 1965 he moved to California where he headed the Mathematics Department at Cal State San Bernardino. Hafstrom authored two college-level textbooks, Basic Concepts in Modern Mathematics and Introduction to Analysis and Abstract Algebra. He was active in the Mathematical Association of America and his last request before he died was to ask for his copy of the MAA monograph on irrational numbers.

Irving Kaplansky died on June 25, 2006 after a long and distinguished mathematical career. He was 89. Born in Toronto, Kaplanksy attended the University of Toronto and was part of the winning team in the very first Putnam Competition. He went to Harvard to obtain his PhD; his advisor was Saunders Mac Lane. Beginning in 1945, he taught at the University of Chicago, remaining there until his retirement in 1984, after which he became director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, CA. He was a leader in American mathematics, particularly in the American Mathematical Society, including a term as AMS president in 1985-86. The AMS awarded him the Leroy P. Steele Prize Career Award in 1989, citing his impact on mathematics in the United States. Kaplansky had been a member of the MAA since 1942. A brief biography can be found online at the MacTutor History of Mathematics site.

Frank Kosier died on June 3, 2006. He was 71. He had been a member of the MAA for 49 years.

L. Gaunce Lewis passed away on May 17, 2006. A student of J. Peter May, he received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1978. He was hired as an assistant professor by Syracuse University in 1981 after having spent 3 years as a T.H. Hildebrandt Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. He was promoted to Full Professor at Syracuse in 1993. For more details on Gaunce's career see http://math.syr.edu/People/lewis.html.

Katye Sowell died on May 13, 2006. She taught at East Carolina State for 35 years and had been an MAA member since 1959.

### 2005

Raoul Bott, who was well known for his leading work in geometry and topology, died on December 20, 2005 at the age of 82. Born in Budapest, Bott was educated as an engineer at McGill University, then switched to mathematics and got his doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon. Over the years, he held positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Michigan, and finally at Harvard University, where he was a professor for 40 years. Bott's achievements were recognized by way of many awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize, the AMS Oswald Veblen Prize, and the AMS Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement. An extended interview with Bott appeared in the April 2001 issue of the Notices of the AMS and is available online at http://www.ams.org/ams/fea-bott.pdf.

David S. Sanchez, 66, passed away suddenly on December 1, 2005, after teaching at San Antonio College for 33 years. Sanchez served for 13 years as an officer of the Texas Section of the MAA and he served on six Texas state committees which address the teaching of collegiate mathematics. He was a member of the Association for 33 years.

Janet Andersen, 47, professor of mathematics at Hope College died in an automobile accident on November 24, 2005 in Michigan. A very active member of the Association, she ran PREP workshops, was a speaker for Project NExT, worked on several MAA committees, and was co-author of the recent MAA book, Understanding Our Quantitative World.The family has requested that memorial contributions be made into a Mathematics Department Scholarship Fund. These may be sent to Kim Salisbury, Hope College Advancement Office, P.O. Box 9000, Holland, MI 49422-9000. More information can be found in a Hope College press release, online at http://www.hope.edu/pr/pressreleases/content/view/full/7722 .

David Pingree, longtime Professor of History of Mathematics and Classics at Brown University, died on November 11, 2005. He had joined the History of Mathematics Department at Brown in 1971, served as its Chair since the mid-1980s, and later was its sole regular faculty member. During that time, he supervised approximately ten doctoral students. He had planned to retire at the end of the 2005/2006 academic year. Pingree was a leading scholar of the history of exact science (including mathematics, astronomy, astrology, and magic) in the ancient world. His many books and articles are very influential, and the quality of his scholarship was recognized by many academic honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship. Pingree's death raised worries about the future of Brown's History of Mathematics department, which was created in the late 1940s and is the only American research center focused exclusively on the study of ancient science and mathematics. (See, for example, the article in Inside Higher Ed, online at http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/11/15/histmath.)

Robert F. (Bob) Witte, age 66, died October 3, 2005, following complications related to cancer. Witte was born in Lowden, Iowa, and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Iowa State University, and subsequently received an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Witte was a Senior Program Officer at ExxonMobil Foundation. He was a great friend to the MAA and helped to develop and nurture the Project NExT Program (New Experiences in Teaching), a program for new faculty. For more on Bob Witte go to: /news/100605witteobit.html

Ruth Aaronson Bari, 87, professor emeritus of mathematics at George Washington University, died on August 25. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she earned her bachelor¹s degree in 1939 and her PhD at Johns Hopkins in 1966. She joined the GWU faculty that same year, and remained until her retirement in 1987. Her research work was in graph theory. She was a member of MAA for 38 years.

Hans Samelson, 89, a well-known topologist and differential geometer, died September 22 in Palo Alto. Samelson was a student of Heinz Hopf at the ETH. After coming to the Institute for Advanced Study, he taught at Wyoming, Syracuse, and Michigan before coming to Stanford in 1960, from which he retired in 1986. After retirement he remained active, publishing both new research and historical articles, most notably one on Brunellischi¹s Dome in Florence. Samelson was the author of two popular textbooks, one on linear algebra and one on lie groups and algebras. In 1981-82 he served as Section Chair of the Northern California Section of the MAA.

Serge Lang, 78, well-known number theorist and author of many important mathematics books, died on September 12. Lang received his PhD under Emil Artin, then taught at Columbia and Yale. He received the AMS's Cole Prize in Algebra and also their Leroy P. Steele Prize for mathematical exposition. Lang was a prolific author who wrote textbooks on topics ranging from calculus to the frontiers of research in number theory.

Richard Gorman, 91, died on August 15, 2005. Gorman received his Masters from the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught briefly at Compton College before entering the US Navy. After serving in the Navy he went on to teach at the US Naval Academy where he remained until his retirement in 1979. He had been an MAA member since 1939. For more on his life click here.

James J. Kaput, 63, professor of mathematics at the University of Massachsetts at Dartmouth, died after a jogging accident on July 31, 2005. Kaput was well known for his work on mathematics education. Kaput "was convinced that things like arcade games and hand-held devices were the keys to breaking down mathematical concepts so anyone could understand them." He taught at U Mass Dartmouth for 25 years, received many NSF grants, and helped found SimCalc Technologies. Kaput was a member of the MAA for 28 years.

George and Esther Szekeres both died on August 28, 2005. George was 94, and Esther was 95. They were part of the brilliant group of Hungarian mathematicians of the 1930s which included Paul Turán and Paul Erdös. In the 1940s they moved to Australia and helped invigorate the Australian mathematics research community. George and Esther made significant contributions to number theory and combinatorics, and George also wrote on group theory and relativity.

Paul Emery Thomas, 78, died on June 13, 2005 from complications of Parkinson's disease. Thomas received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College. He received a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University (Hertford College) where he received his M.A. Thomas began his career at Columbia University as a research associate before moving to the University of California, Berkeley. For more on his life click here. Thomas was a life member of the MAA. Jack Levine, 97 died on June 9, 2005 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 1934. In 1935 he began teaching at North Carolina State University where he remained until his retirement in 1976. He continued to teach part time until 1995. He had been an MAA member since 1929. For a more complete obituary click here.

George B. Dantzig, "the father of linear programing," died on May 13, 2005. An extended obituary will appear in the August-September issue of FOCUS.

Edward N. Mosley, age 66, passed away on June 12 after an extended battle with cancer. He taught at Lyon College for 35 years and was a member of MAA for 43 years. Mosley also served as Governor of the Oklahoma-Arkansas Section. He is survived by his wife, Mary Eleanor, a son, John Mosley, and his brother Dr. James Mosley.

Louis Leithold, author of a well-known calculus textbook, died at home on April 29, 2005 from natural causes. He was 80 years old. Leithold taught at Cal State L.A., Phoenix College in Arizona, the Open University of Great Britain, the University of Southern California and, most recently, Pepperdine University. In his 70s, he turned to teaching AP calculus in high schools. He is remembered and respected by AP calculus teachers as a leader and an inspiration. For more on Louis Leithold's life and work see the LA Times obituary at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-leithold8may08,0,4688756.story?coll=la-home-headlines.

Ronald C. Biggers, age 59, died on April 23, 2005 after a stroke. Ron held the distinct honor of being the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in pure Mathematics from the University of Califonia at Irvine. His area of emphasis was algebraic geometry and combinatorial group theory. He taught at many institutions before joining Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA, in 1989. Ron is survived by Celo Biggers, his wife of more than 30 years, and his two daughters. He was a member of the MAA for 32 years.

William Kruskal, 85, passed away on April 21, 2005 in Chicago, IL. Kruskal was an authority on theoretical statistics. He was also the co-developer of a technique that was incorporated into every major statistical package in use today. Kruskal received his PhD in mathematical statistics from Columbia University in 1955. He joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1950 and became Professor Emeritus in 1990. For more on his life click here. Kruskal had been an MAA member since 1953.

George B. Dantzig (1914–2005), the "father of linear programming," died at home in Palo Alto, CA on May 13. An extended obituary appeared in the August-September 2005 issue of FOCUS.

Saunders MacLane, former president of the MAA from 1951-52, died on April 14, 2005. He was 95. An extended obituary appeared in the August-September 2005 issue of FOCUS.

Professor Kenneth P. Bogart, Professor of Mathematics at Dartmouth College, died in a biking accident in March. Click here for a longer obituary.

H. Martyn Cundy died on February 25, 2005, at the age of 91. His book Mathematical Models, written with A.P. Rollett, was very influential in the young lives of many mathematicians. He taught for many years in Malawi. After returning to England, he settled in Kendal, Cumbria, where he taught in the Open University for several years. He was active mathematically to the end, writing several papers on geometric topics.

Edward L. Stanley, longtime faculty member at Clemson University, died on Sunday, February 20, 2005 at age 97. Stanley was born in Scott County, Tennessee and started his teaching career in a one-room school house in his home county. During the summer, he attended East Tennessee State College, and after sixteen years managed to attend full-time and finish his degree. He then earned a master's degree at the University of Tennessee. He went to Clemson in 1943 and taught there until his retirement in 1972, after which he remained involved in the University, for example by tutoring students. Edward and Virginia Stanley sponsor a continuing scholarship for undergraduate matheamtical science students at Clemson University, and another at East Tennessee University.

Sir Edward M. Wright, known to many mathematicians as the second half of "Hardy and Wright", died on February , 2005 at the age of 98. Born in 1906, Wright was largely self-taught until he got an external degree (taking exams but not attending classes) at the University of London. He then went to Oxford, becoming G. H. Hardy's research student. In 1935, he was appointed Professor of Mathematics at Aberdeen, where he stayed until he retired in 1976. Towards the end of his time at Aberdeen, he got involved in administration, becoming, by turns, vice-principal, principal, and vice-chancellor of the University. At the time of his death, he was probably the longest-serving member of the London Mathematical Society. His "An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers," written with G. H. Hardy, is a classic: a book one reads, loves, and remembers, and which has inspired many young mathematicians to choose number theory as their field. He was a member of the MAA for 52 years.

Frank Harary, died at 83 in Las Cruces, NM, on January 4, 2005 after a brief illness. Dr. Harary was widely recognized as the “father” of modern graph theory, a discipline of mathematics he helped found, popularize, and revitalize. His book Graph Theory, written in 1969, had an important role in attracting people to the subject and demonstrating its importance. It is still in print. Harary was educated at Brooklyn College and the University of California at Berkeley, and taught for many years at the University of Michigan before moving to New Mexico State University at Las Cruces. He was a member of the MAA for 58 years.

### 2004

Henry Thomassen, an economist and a longtime member of the American Statistical Association and of the Mathematical Association of America, passed away suddenly May 27, 2004. Most recently, Thomassen was serving as economic advisor to the Georgia governor, a role he fulfilled for more than three decades, spanning the administrations of eight governors. Earlier Dr. T (as he was known to friends and associates) had been a faculty member at Georgia State University, Emory University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Nebraska. Before his years as a university professor, Thomassen, who was born in Calgary, had played hockey professionally and served with the Canadian army in the Korean War. He is survived by Helen Thomassen, his wife of more than 40 years, and their five children He was a member of the MAA for 28 years.

Professor Shiing-Shen Chern, one of the outstanding mathematicians of the twentieth century, died at age 93 in Tianjin, China, on December 3, 2004 at the Nankai Institute that he helped to found on the campus of Nankai University where he received his undergraduate degree in 1934. He received the National Medal of Science in 1975 and the Wolf Prize in 1983/4. He edited a volume on Global Geometry and Analysis in the MAA Studies in Mathematics Series in 1967; his article “Curves and Surfaces in Euclidean Space,” in that volume, was awarded the Chauvenet Prize in 1970. He was a member of the MAA for 55 years. A longer obituary appears in the January 2005 issue of FOCUS.

Murray Klamkin, a long time member of the MAA and one of the original organizers, leaders, and coaches for the American Mathematics Competitions program, died on August 6, 2004 at the age of 83. Klamkin received a Certificate of Merit from the Association in 1978. He was a member of MAA since 1948. A longer obituary appears in the November 2004 issue of FOCUS.

James E. White, founder and director of the Mathwright Library and the principal creative force behind the Mathwright software family, died suddenly and unexpectedly on July 18, 2004. He was 58 years old. White was known for his vision of what could be done in mathematics education through the use of the right kind of technology and for his interest in reaching under-represented minorities. longer obituary appears in the November 2004 issue of FOCUS.

William Firey, Emeritus Professor at Oregon State University, died on August 15, 2004. Described by friends as a "mathematician of the old school", Firey had been part of the Putnam Questions Committee and a member of the editorial board for the MAA's Spectrum series. He was a member of MAA since 1968.

Howard W. Eves, well-known author and longtime faculty member at the University of Maine, died on June 6, 2004. He was 93. A winner of the Polya Award for his expository writing, Eves wrote an impressive list of successful books, including most recently his Mathematical Reminiscences. One of the founders of the Northeastern Section of the Association, Eves served the MAA in many capacities. He was a member of the MAA since 1942. A longer obituary appears in the November 2004 issue of FOCUS.

John E. Freund, longtime member of the MAA and prolific author of textbooks on Probability and Statistics, died on August 14, 2004 at the age of 83. A passionate educator, he was a member of the MAA since 1949.

Joseph L. Doob, a pioneer in the study of the mathematical foundations of probability theory, died on June 7, 2004 at the age of 94. Doob taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1935 until his retirement in 1978.He had been a member of the MAA since 1963.

Elias Y. Deeba died unexpectedly on February 11, 2004 at the age of 54. Deeba was born in Lebanon and came to the University of Houston Downtown in 1983, had numerous publications in numerical systems of non-linear equations, mathematical analysis, general mathematical systems, mathematics education, and fuzzy logic. He had been a member of the MAA since 1979.

Bert Yood died on March 17, 2004 at the age of 87. Yood was still active writing papers. The week before his death, he received offprints of a paper that had just appeared. He had been a member of the MAA since 1981.

Helen P. Beard, 88 died January 4, 2004 in Lynchburg, Va. She taught at Harpur College from 1961 until her retirement in 1982. She had been an MAA member since 1942.

### 2002

John W. Hogan, 66 died June 5, 2002 after a short illness in Charleston, WV. He received his PhD from Virginia Tech and taught at Marshall University for 29 years. He had been an MAA member since 1958.

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