William N. Thomas, Jr.
AMATYC lost a valued AMATYC member, friend, and colleague, when William
N. Thomas, Jr. (Bill), Emeritus Associate Professor of Mathematics,
passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 13, 2011 in Perrysburg, OH.
He was 64. Bill retired from the Department of Mathematics of the
University of Toledo in July 2010. He was instrumental in piloting the
newly developed Study Skills course, whose curriculum he helped build.
Bill was dedicated to students and to the University to the very end.
Bill taught for more than 30 years with enthusiasm and a love of sharing
his knowledge with many talented and successful students. He also spent
several years consulting with different Universities and Charter
Schools working on Developmental Programs and Studies. Bill was an
active member of AMATYC for many years, bringing his expertise about
engaging students in the classroom and sharing his wisdom with the
Developmental Mathematics Committee. He was a member of the writing team
for the AMATYC Crossroads in Mathematics. Many AMATYC members will also
remember his inspirational singing during the Opening Session of the
1999 AMATYC Annual Conference in Pittsburgh
when he challenged us to "reach for the sky.” Bill was
AMATYC’s fi rst Traveling Workshops Coordinator. During his career, he
facilitated numerous workshops independently as well as for AMATYC,
Houghton Mifflin, and The Ohio State University/Texas Instrument’s
College Short Course Program. We will miss Bill’s energy and optimism
and wonderful smile.
Karen Sharp passed away November 16,
2009. Karen’s service to AMATYC and MichMATYC was exceptional. She
worked hard to bring about changes and growth in both organizations that
are visible today. From 1980 through 2006, here are some of the roles
that Karen played: AMATYC Midwest Vice President, MichMATYC President,
Project Director of a grant from the Sloan Foundation to fund AMATYC’s
first Summer Institute, AMATYC Treasurer, AMATYC President-Elect, AMATYC
President, AMATYC Past President, Project Director for Crossroads in Mathematics,
AMATYC’s first standards document, involved in establishing AMATYC’s
national office in Memphis, and recipient of AMATYC Mathematics
Excellence Award. She taught
at Mott CC in Flint, Michigan. (Newsletter article)
Constance Mary Ranard-Chandler, Omaha, Nebraska, passed
away September 1, 2007. Connie Ranard-Chandler joined NEBMATYC
at its inception, and served on its board for several years.
She was also active nationally in the honorary fraternity
Phi Theta Kappa, being a district coordinator. She taught
at Metropolitan CC in Omaha, NE.
Charles Ames, retired NY professor, passed away July
13, 2006 in Broken Arrow, OK after a long bout with cancer.
Ames was an award-winning teacher, teaching from 1966-1998
at the high school and community college level. He earned
his PhD from LaSalle University. During his career, he was
active in several math organizations, including AMTNYS (past
president), NYSAMS, NCTM, and AMATYC.
Deborah Woods, Professor and Mathematics Lab Director
at the University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walter Campus, passed
away December 6, 2005. As an AMATYC and OhioMATYC member,
Debbie served on the local committee for the 2006 AMATYC conference.
OhioMATYC established a scholarship in Debbie’s name.
Vicki Froehlich passed away on November 28, 2005,
in Albuquerque, NM. She was a charter member of NMMATYC, serving
on the founding committee and then on the Executive Board
of NMMATYC as both secretary and treasurer in successive terms
after which she devoted her efforts to AMATYC for nine years
as the AMATYC Program Coordinator.
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