In Memory

Dr. Stephen W. Willard - Class Of 1962

Dr. Stephen W. Willard

Steve stayed on at the U of R for his doctorate in mathematics. I, Dave Coulter, stayed in touch with him and his wife after I got back from the army in 1963. His academic career ended at the University of Alberta. He was the author of a very well regarded textbook of topology. I found the following obituary when I Googled him today (1/13/12)


Stephen W. Willard

Edmonton, Alberta - Stephen W. Willard, 67, of Edmonton, Alberta, passed away on August 7, 2009, at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. He was born on November 1, 1941, in Syracuse, NY, to Robert L. and Harriet Weaver Willard. He graduated from New York Mills High School and received his bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Rochester. He was a math professor at Lehigh University, Case/Western Reserve, and for the past several years at the University of Alberta in Edmonton until his retirement in 1997. He wrote one of the leading textbooks in his field of math - topology - which his loving family doesnt pretend to understand, but which made us admire him even more, if that was possible. He was a founder of the Edmonton Bridge Club, an avid bridge player, and a life master of the game. Steve is survived by his daughters, Dawn Willard of Edmonton, Alberta, and Amy Flynn and husband, Tom, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; his grandchildren, Erin and Tommy Flynn of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; his brother, Tim Willard and his wife, Michele, of Canastota; his sister, Nancy Mandry and her husband, Bob, of Whitesboro; his niece, Jessie Righter and her husband, John, of Washington, DC; and his nephew, Christopher Mandry of Utica. He will be missed by many caring, loving, special friends and family. As his daughter, Dawn, wrote, he was a very quiet, loving, peaceful, and caring man A memorial service will be held on Aug. 19 in Edmonton, Alberta.