Items about former faculty are listed on this page. It contains items received by July 2010.


Click here to contribute an item.



Lawrence CHANG (1944-1983), BA 1968. Blind from early childhood, Dr. Chang served as research mathematician at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, then on our faculty during the years 1980–1983. He authored Handbook for Spoken Mathematics: Larry's Speakeasy, to help those who read text to blind mathematics students. This still current work is now in use by the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Our Chang scholarship honors his memory.


Hal FORSEY has lived for a decade on Guemes Island in the San Juan Archipelago between Washington State and Vancouver Island. He and his wife Dayle are planning to move soon to the Portland area. He continues to work on financial planning with the Pension Research Institute.


José GUTIERREZ and his wife Gloria have been spending much time at their beach house near Cabo San Lucas. He sent greetings from Peru, where they were on vacation in April 2008.


Leonard HAINES sends greetings from Hawaii, where he is fixing up a townhouse on the leeward side of Oahu.


Arthur J. HALL (19??-2007) joined our faculty in 1946. He had been a graduate student at Stanford and had served in the Navy. Because of the extreme need for mathematics teachers, President J. Paul Leonard persuaded him to study for the Ed. D. degree, which he completed at Stanford under the supervision of Lucien B. Kinney. Acting as chair of a group that would become a department only after 1955, Hall hired the core of the faculty that would serve into the 1970s. During the 1950s, Hall convinced Chancellor Glenn Dumke of the importance of statistical data for academic administration, then in 1959 was named CSU Dean of Institutional Research. In 1975 he returned to the Department as Professor until 1977. After retirement, he undertook historical studies of SFSU and the CSU system. —Contributed by Franklin Sheehan, Professor Emeritus.


Laura S. K. KODAMA (1935-2010) served on our faculty during 1962–1964 and 1975–1978. She completed her Berkeley PhD in approximation theory in 1963 under supervision of Errett Bishop. Laura moved to Hawaii to accompany her husband, a professor. There she became an actuary.—Contributed by Newman Fisher, Professor Emeritus.


Robert J. LEVIT (1916-2010) was a native San Francisco, and studied at Lowell High School, Stanford, Cal Tech, Occidental. He completed his Berkeley PhD in postulate theory in 1939 under supervision of Benjamin A. Bernstein. Levit contributed to cryptanalysis and communications technology for the Navy during 1942-1945, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Afterward, he taught and researched at the University of Georgia, MIT, and IBM, and joined our faculty in 1957. Levit was the first director of the SFSU computer center, maintained continual research activity, and for many years taught our graduate foundations course and served as graduate adviser. He retired in 1972. Levit and his wife Jean were inveterate hikers; after retirement he walked as high as the Mt. Everest base camp!—Contributed in part by Newman Fisher, Professor Emeritus.


Susann NOVALIS is now Dr. Susann Novalis Burton. She recently married Dr. Bruce Burton, a fellow cycling enthusiast. They will live primarily at his location in southwest England, but will continue to maintain her residence in Pacifica. As a consultant, she will continue her database work with the University. Congratulations, Susann!


Diane RESEK remains extremely active in mathematics education during Spring 2010. She has given talks on models for teacher training and classroom presentation at conferences in Taiwan, San Diego, and San Mateo. In November 2009 she visited the Technion in Israel, where she was the Distinguished Israel Pollack Lecturer for that academic year. She cooks one day a week with Food not Bombs and helps serve in People's Park in Berkeley. Click here for Prof. Resek’s website.


James T. SMITH has retired from teaching, but works full time on history of mathematics. His main projects now are the legacy of the Italian mathematician Mario Pieri (1860-1913) and the early Warsaw career of the logician Alfred Tarski (1901-1983).


Eugene R. TOMER, a former lecturer, died of cancer on 2 July 2007 in San Francisco. Tomer was a consulting applied mathematician, noted for his work modeling the formation and rotation of galaxies. He gave a fascinating colloquium talk here on that subject around 1980.