In Memoriam

We are sad to report the passing of two members of the Department of Mathematics. 

Bill Friel

John William “Bill” Friel, Professor Emeritus, died peacefully at Brookhaven Nursing Home under Hospice care on June 11, 2018. He was 81. Bill earned a BA in Mathematics from Loras College and an MA in Mathematics from Duquesne University. Bill retired from UD in 1999 after 36 years of service. He continued to teach part-time until 2007.

Bill taught FORTRAN in Computer Science Department at University of Dayton, and he was one of the early adopters of incorporating technology in the classroom. He also served many years as Marshal and Head Marshal for UD.  He was very active in the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), of which he was a member for more than 50 years. He held elected office in the  Ohio Section of the MAA as President (1987-1988), Secretary-Treasurer (1999-2006), and Treasurer (2006-2007). 

Bob Gorton

Dr. Bob Gorton, a longtime colleague in the Mathematics Department, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Bob joined the department in 1969, and he retired and was granted professor emeritus status in 2016.  Bob was a popular among the students, who referred to him as "Flash." He developed two of our upper-level electives: Number Theory and Set Theory. He also offered many independent readings in Galois Theory and other advanced topics in algebra. 
His son reports that Bob was comfortable and that he passed peacefully. 

Professors Friel and Gorton will be remembered at the Memorial Mass scheduled for July 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

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