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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.

2015

Lynn Arthur Steen passed away on June 21, 2015, at the age of 74. He was a professor at St. Olaf College until his retirement in 2009, and a member of the MAA since 1961. Steen was known for making mathematics more accessible to mathematics students and to people in other fields, and he was the lead writer for the 2004 MAA report "Achieving Quantitative Literacy: An Urgent Challenge for Higher Education". Steen was a leader in the MAA, serving as MAA President in 1985-86, as Editor of Mathematics Magazine from 1976 to 1980, and as an active member of several committees. He received the MAA’s Gung and Hu Award for Distinguished Service in 1992. In addition, he chaired the Conference Board for the Mathematical Sciences from 1988-1990, and led the writing of the important 1989 National Research Council report, "Everybody Counts: A Report to the Nation on the Future of Mathematics Education." For more information about Steen’s life and career, see this remembrance at St. Olaf, this MAA page, his Wikipedia page, and his obituary.

Virginia Halmos passed away on January 19, 2015, at the age of 99. Virginia was a long-time MAA benefactor and a widow of the prominent mathematician and former editor of the American Mathematical Monthly Paul Halmos. Read more about her life and career.

Donald W. Kahn passed away on January 16, 2015, at the age of 79. He was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota. Kahn was known for his contributions to algebraic topology, authoring several books such as Topology: An Introduction to the Point-Set and Algebraic Areas. He also served as a state representative for 40 years, and was recognized as a talented musician, photographer, and raconteur. His obituary can be found here.

2014

Jim Kiernan passed away on December 14, 2014, at the age of 65. He was a high school teacher for most of his career, at Edward R. Murrow High School in New York City, and a member of the MAA since 1999. Kiernan also taught the history of mathematics at Brooklyn College and was an active participant at history of mathematics programs such as the MAA-sponsored Institute in the History of Mathematics and its Use in Teaching. He was an author on two of the modules included in Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics, published by the MAA. Kiernan served on the editorial board for MAA’s Convergence and wrote book reviews and other items for the publication. Kiernan is remembered in this HPM newsletter and in an online memory book.

Eugene B. Dynkin passed away on November 14, 2014, at the age of 90. He was a professor at Cornell University until his retirement in 2010. Dynkin was viewed as a global leader in the study of probability, and his work early in his career on Lie algebras led to the development of what are now called “Dynkin diagrams”. He also conducted audio and video interviews with a wide range of mathematicians during his career. For an extensive discussion of his life and career, see this article from Cornell and this web page at IMS.

Hans Schneider passed away on October 28, 2014, at the age of 87. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison until his retirement in 1993, and a member of the MAA since 1957. Schneider is considered one of the one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th century in the field of linear algebra and matrix analysis, as his contributions formed a basis for the algorithms leading to the development of Google. Schneider is widely known for reviving Linear Algebra and its Applications through his leadership of the journal, and he co-founded the International Matrix Group in 1987, now known as the International Linear Algebra Society (ILAS). Schneider was memorialized in several online articles, he has a Wikipedia page, and he wrote his own obituary.

Jackie Stedall died of cancer on September 27, 2014, at the age of 64. She was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and was known for her influential work as a historian of mathematics. Among her nine books is History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (2012) and From Cardano’s Great Art to Lagrange’s Reflections (2011). Her book on John Wallis was reviewed by the MAA, and extensive information about her career and life can be found in this obituary in The Guardian.

Bennie Lane passed away on August 26, 2014, at the age of 79. He was a professor at Eastern Kentucky University until his retirement in 1997, and he was a member of the MAA since 1961. His obituary can be found here.

Bert K. Waits passed away on July 27, 2014, at the age of 73.  He was Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at The Ohio State University and a member of the MAA since 1963.  Waits was best known for the key role he played (with Frank Demana) in designing the Texas Instruments family of graphing calculators and promoting the use of handheld technology in mathematics education.  Demana and Waits co-authored several high school and college textbooks.  For more information about Waits’ life and career, see this remembrance by the Ohio Section of the MAA, this biography on the NCTM web site, and his obituary.

Marcel Richter passed away on July 11, 2014, at the age of 82. He was an economics professor at the University of Minnesota until his retirement, and a member of the MAA since 1961. Richter was known for his use of mathematical logic and set theory to study preferences, rationality and choice. He received an honorary doctorate from Keio University in Japan, and more information about his life and career can be found in his obituary.

Klaus Peters passed away on July 7, 2014, at the age of 77. He was a member of the MAA. A mathematician by training, his career was devoted to mathematics publishing, and known for his lasting impact as a publisher of books in mathematics, physics, and computer science. He and his wife, Alice, started AK Peters publishing in 1992. Extensive information about his career can be found in this retrospective in the Boston Globe, a set of reflections in the AMS Notices, this MAA page, another remembrance in the AMS Notices, this Wikipedia page, and his obituary.

Abdulalim A. Shabazz passed away on June 25, 2014 at the age of 87.  During his career, he was a professor at Clark Atlanta University, as well as Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.  Shabazz was a member of the MAA since 1957.  Shabazz was known for his outstanding work as a mentor of African American students in mathematics, and among the awards he received was the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.  An extensive discussion of his career can be found on this MAA page, his Wikipedia page, and this tribute page.

Edward Friedman passed away on June 19, 2014, at the age of 87. He was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Hartford until his retirement in 1992, and a member of the MAA since 1950. His obituary can be found here.

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.

Amy King passed away on June 7, 2014, at the age of 85. She was a professor at Eastern Kentucky University until her retirement in 1998, and she was a member of the MAA since 1961. King received the Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics award from the Kentucky Section of the Mathematical Association of America, for her contributions to mathematics education. Her obituary can be found here.

David H. Nash passed away on June 6, 2014, at the age of 70. During his career, he was a mathematician for General Motors and a professor at Drexel University. He was a member of the MAA since 1972, and his paper “Differential Equations and the Battle of Trafalgar”, published in the MAA’s College Mathematics Journal, has been used in numerous differential equation classes.

Kathryn Baker passed away on June 2, 2014, at the age of 101. She was a professor at Baylor University and taught at other institutions and a member of the MAA since 1932 (a remarkable 82 years). Baker was known for her twin passions for mathematics and art, and she became a master weaver. She also founded the Baylor Children’s Theater. Baker and her husband Paul Baker (a well-known professor of theatre) contributed their papers to Texas State University, and more information about her life and career can be found in her obituary.

Walter Mientka passed away on June 1, 2014, at the age of 88. He was a professor at the University of Nebraska until his retirement in 2002, and he was a member of the MAA since 1952. Among his accomplishments, Mientka served as the Executive Director of the American Mathematics Competitions for 22 years, and four years he was the Executive Director of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad. For more information about his life and career, see this remembrance, and his obituary.

Sylvester Reese passed away on May 21, 2014, at the age of 82.  He was a professor at Queensborough Community College (CUNY) and a member of the MAA since 1959.  Reese attended Morgan State University and did his graduate work at Columbia Teacher's College.  He was known for his discovery of the Universal Parabolic Constant.

Billy F. Bryant passed away on April 25, 2014 at the age of 91.  He was a professor of mathematics at Vanderbilt University until his retirement in 1998, and he was a member of the MAA since 1949.  Bryant received the Meritorious Service award from the MAA Southeastern Section in 1994.  Read more about his life here.

Frances Thompson passed away on April 23, 2014, at the age of 71. She was a professor at Texas Woman’s University until her retirement in 2009, and a member of the MAA since 1991. Thompson was known for contributions to mathematics education and was the author of “Hands-On Math” books. More details information on her life and career can be found in this citation from Abilene Christian University and her obituary.

William T. Fishback, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Earlham College, passed away on March 9, 2014 at the age of 92. He was a member of the MAA since 1948.  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.  His obituary can be found here.

Eleanor Kendrick passed away on March 4, 2014, at the age of 77. She was a professor at San Jose City College until her retirement in 2011, and a member of the MAA for 34 years. Her obituary can be found here.

Lee Lorch died on February 28, 2014, at the age of 98. Lorch, a member of the MAA since 1951, received the MAA’s Yueh-Gin Gung and Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics in 2007, which honored him for "his continued dedication to inclusiveness, equity, and human rights for mathematicians, and especially his profound influence on the lives of minority and women mathematicians who have benefited from his efforts." Lorch’s life and career was remembered in an extensive article in the New York Times, as well as this remembrance. In the latter part of his career, Lorch was a professor at York University (in Canada), until he retired in 1985.

2013

Paul Sally passed away on December 30, 2013, at the age of 80. He was a professor at the University of Chicago and a member of the MAA since 1966. Sally was known for his contributions to harmonic analysis and his deep involvement in mathematics education. He received the MAA Deborah and Franklin Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in 2002, and the inaugural AMS Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics in 2014 (posthumously). Extensive information about his career and impact on students of all ages were published by The University of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe.

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.

Balbir Singh died on October 24, 2013. He was a member of the MAA since 1979 and lived in California. A tribute page can be found here.

Marcia Ascher passed away on August 10, 2013, at the age of 78. She was a professor at Ithaca College and a member of the MAA since 1962. Ascher was known as a pioneer in the study of ethnomathematics, beginning with a study of Inca quipus published in the book Code of the Quipu in 1981 and as one of several case studies in her best known book Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas. See also this article from Mathematics Magazine and her book Mathematics Elsewhere. Further information about Ascher’s life and career can be found in her obituary.

Harley Flanders passed away on July 26, 2013, at the age of 87. He was a member of the MAA since 1946, received the MAA's Lester R. Ford Award in 1969, and between 1966-1973 he served as Associate Editor and later as Editor-in-Chief of the MAA’s American Mathematical Monthly. During his career, he held academic positions at many universities, including Berkeley, Purdue, and Michigan. Flanders was the author of the calculus software MicroCalc, and he accepted the NCRIPTAL/EDUCOM Distinguished Software Award in 1987 and 1989. More information can be found in his obituary.

Tom Fryett passed away on July 3, 2013, at the age of 87. He worked at Boeing, United Hydraulics and Eaton Corporation. He was a member of the MAA for ten years. His obituary can be found here.

Yousef Alavi passed away on May 21, 2013, at the age of 85. Upon completing his Ph.D degree in mathematics at Michigan State University in 1958, he joined the faculty at Western Michigan University and taught for 38 years before retiring in 1996. He was a member of the MAA for 55 years. Alavi was a founding co-editor of the Michigan Section MAA Newsletter and Governor of the Section from 1977-1980 and 1986-86. He was the first winner of the Section’s Distinguished Service Award, and the first Michigan winner of the MAA Meritorious Service Award. Further information about his life and career can be found in his obituary and in a tribute from the Michigan MAA.

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.

Lyman John Wilmot passed away in April 2013, at the age of 75. He was one of the first faculty members at the College of Lake County (Illinois) and a member of the MAA since 1975. Wilmot was noted in the Daily Illini when he was an undergraduate. Read his obituary.

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

J. Douglas Faires passed away on December 21, 2012, at the age of 71. He was a professor at Youngstown State University and a member of the MAA since 1963. Faires was a prolific author, and among his works was the widely-used text Numerical Analysis (with R. Burden). Among the awards he received during his career was the Outstanding College-University Teacher of Mathematics by the Ohio Section of the MAA. Faires also accepted the MacDuffee Award by Pi Mu Epsilon for lifetime service in 2006, and he served a term as the PME President. Further information about his life and career can be found in this citation by the AMS and in an extensive obituary. His wife Barbara Faires is the Secretary of the MAA.

Irving Adler passed away on September 22, 2012, at the age of 99. As described in the New York Times, Adler was "a former New York City teacher who became a prolific writer of books on math and science for young people [such as the Giant Golden Book of Mathematics] after being forced from the classroom during the Red Scare of the early 1950s." He was a member of the MAA since 1959. He was known for his work in phyllotaxis (the arrangement of leaves, scales, or florets in botany) and his book on the subject was reviewed by the MAA, as well as a second book on geometry. Further information about his life and career can be found on his Wikipedia page.

Richard C. Metzler passed away on June 2, 2012, at the age of 74.  He joined the MAA in 1962 and he was a retired professor at the University of New Mexico.  His obituary can be found here.

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 professor of 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.

Herbert Wilf passed away on January 7, 2012, at the age of 80. He was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania until his retirement in 2008, and he was a member of the MAA since 1978. Wilf was a pioneer in discrete mathematics and in the mathematical programming of early computers. Obituaries, remembrances, a retrospective in the AMS Notices, and further information about his life and career have been collected by the University of Pennsylvania.

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, at the age of 84.  He joined the MAA in 1951 and he was a retired professor of mathematics at Emory University. His obituary can be found here.

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.

Jacques A. Mizrahi passed away on May 30, 2011, at the age of 88. He was a member of the MAA since 1967.

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.

Clyde Corcoran passed away on January 7, 2011, at the age of 83. He was a mathematics teacher at Whittier High School in California, and a member of the MAA since 1987. Corcoran won the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1983 and the George Polya Memorial Award from the California Mathematics Council in 1987. He also served as the President of the California Mathematics Council – South and taught at the Claremont Graduate School.

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, at the age of 72.  He was a professor at John Carroll University from 1963 until his death and a member of the MAA since 1963.  Schneider was known nationally for his work with mathematics competitions, authoring statewide competitions for Michigan and Massachusetts, as well as New York State’s NYSML Competition for ten years.  He was also a devoted member of the ARML Committee and served as Head Judge for their annual championship meet for many years.   Dr. Schneider served in many capacities on the MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions Committee since 1974, chairing the AMC Committee from 1987 to 1994.  He was elected a national Councilor for Pi Mu Epsilon, and then served as the national Secretary/Treasurer of that organization for nine years.  He was active in the Ohio Section of the MAA, serving a term as President and then Governor of the Section.  Schneider was awarded the Distinguished College or University Teaching award in 2004 from the MAA Ohio Section.  Posthumously, in August 2010, Schneider was awarded the MacDuffee Award by Pi Mu Epsilon for lifetime service.  Further information about his career can be found on this page published by John Carroll University and this page on the MAA site.

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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