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Kramer, Jr. 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 , and moved to California to pursue his career. Kramer then took a position at Space Technology Laboratories where he remained until his retirement in 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 Paul Mielke , 87, died February 3. Following the completion of his doctorate, Mielke returned to Wabash as an assistant professor. In he took a job as an engineer with the Boeing Corporation in Seattle. In , Mielke again returned to Wabash where--except for leaves of absence--he remained until his retirement in Mielke served as chair of the department from to Richard D.

His advisor was R. Anderson, along with his students, was instrumental in setting up a program on Infinite Dimensional Topolgy at Lousiana State University. He also won the Award for Distinguished Service in Ernest C. Schlesinger , 82 passed away on March 3 in New London, Connecticut. Schlesinger came to the US at the age of 14 after he and his family escaped Nazi Germany.

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He received his PhD from Harvard and began his career as an instructor of philosophy at the University of Washington. He moved on to become an instructor of mathematics at Yale University and an assistant professor of mathematics at Wesleyan University. He joined the faculty at Connecticut College in and remained there until he retired in Schlesinger had been a member of the MAA since He also oversaw editorial direction for all MAA books.

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. He is survived by his wife Dr. Janet M. 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 and earned his PhD in from the university. Wirszup had been an MAA member since Herbert B. He was 82 years old.

After working as a research scientist and associate professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU, he arrived at Caltech in as a visiting professor. He became a full professor two years later.

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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 but remained an active researcher, attending seminars, workshops, and conferences related to his fields of interest. 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. Dubisch served as editor of Mathematics Magazine from He had been a member of the Association since Robert J. Rubin , 81 died on January 18, from multiple myeloma.

He worked as a mathematician and a physicist at the National Bureau of Standards and the National Institutes of Health. Rubin had been an MAA member since Van A. McAuley , 81 died on January 8, McAuley had been an MAA member since Morris Newman , 92, passed away in Newman joined MAA in Wilfred Kaplan , 92 died on December 26, 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 s and s.


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For more on Kaplan's life click here. Ralph Mansfield, 95, passed away on December Mansfield was a retired math professor and a textbook author.

Frances Sullivan , 63, Professor Emeritus at Clemson University, passed away on December 14 after a long struggle with kidney disease. He had served as vice president of research since before returning to teaching in August. He was a member of the MAA for 21 years. Marjorie Maher , 97 died on December 5, Maher was a graduate of UC Berkeley. Edward Ebert , 88 died on December 4, in Macon, Georgia. He studied math at the University of Toledo and went on to get his masters from the University of Iowa in Ebert began his teaching career at the University of Toledo and moved on to work on weather prediction at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

He returned to the University of Toledo in where he remained until retirement in Ebert had been an MAA member since He was a member of the MAA for 56 years.

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His thesis adviser was Daniel Zelinsky. For the next thirty-eight years, he taught at Loyola, where he advised scores of students who undertook teaching careers in high school or college. For nearly 20 years he volunteered his services as a reader of mathematical and technical material for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. It was while traveling home from a reading session that he suffered the injury that took his life three weeks later. William Walton Bill Hall, Jr. A graduate of West Point Military Academy, and the University of Illinois, Professor Hall started his teaching career at UW-Richland in , following a distinguished military career that earned him the country's highest non-combat military honor, the Legion of Merit.

Professor Hall and his wife Doris continued to reside in Richland Center. Jasper E.

Adams, 65, died on November 9, in Houston, TX. Adams was a Professor of Mathematics and department chair at Stephen F. He had been a faculty member at SFA since Alex F. He got his PhD in at the University of Chicago, under Irving Kaplansky, and spent the bulk of his professional life at Northwestern , Cornell , and UC Santa Barbara , publishing about 50 research papers with collaborators including Dan Zelinsky, Samuel Eilenberg, A.

He also served as editor of the Mathematical Problems section in the Monthly. Further details, as well as information on a special Cornell University Mathematics Book Fund honoring his memory, may be obtained by clicking here. Winifred Asprey , 90, died on October 19, Asprey had been a computer pioneer and professor at Vassar College where she taught for 38 years. He taught at the University of South Dakota for 42 years and retired in James Bruening, 58, died on September 9, He had taught at Southeast Missouri State University since Kenneth Cooke , 82, died on September 8, of a brain tumor.

He earned his master's and PhD degrees from Stanford University. His research encompassed two discrete fields of mathematics: delay differential equations and mathematical modeling. Cooke had been an MAA member since Klee specialized in convex sets, functional analysis, analysis of algorithms, optimization, and combinatorics.

He wrote more than research papers and posed what came to be known as Klee's Measure Problem and the Art Gallery Theorem.

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Robert Payton , 78 died on August 15, Payton studied engineering as an undergraduate and received his PhD in applied mathematics from Harvard University in While teaching evening classes at Northwestern University he decided on an academic career. Payton began teaching mathematics at Adelphi University in and remained there until his retirement. Joseph A.

Schatz , 83, died on August 10, He was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Houston for 25 years, until he retired in Schatz taught at Lehigh then Connecticut. He became an applied mathematician at Sandia National Laboratory in , where he solved engineering problems, ranging from inertial stability of space platforms to language parsing of scientific papers.


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He was known for his research on citation indices Super-classics of mathematics and on mathematical logic The nature of truth. He moved to the University of Houston in , where he was noted for his teaching of mid-life undergraduates, helping them overcome their fear of mathematics. A scholarship for nontraditional mathematics students has been established in his name at the University of Houston.

More information and some of his papers are available here. He was a member of the MAA for 58 years. Atle Selberg , 90, died on August 6, He was known for his work in analytic number theory, including important results on the zeros of the Riemann zeta function and an elementary proof of the Prime Number Theorem. Charles Woodrow , 84, died on July 26, after a long battle with cancer. He taught in the Oklahoma public schools for four years before moving on to pastor in churches in Kentucky and Oklahoma.

He joint the mathematics department at Austin College in and remained there until his retirement in He had been an MAA member for 48 years. Dwayne Cameron , 60, died on July 23, of a heart attack.

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