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Richard Carlton MacCamy ’49

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Richard Carlton MacCamy ’49, July 6, 2011, at his daughter’s home in Naperville, Illinois. Richard served in the air force during World War II and came to Reed on the GI Bill, where he earned a BA in physics. He and classmate Fae G. Jacobson ’48 married and raised two daughters and one son. After earning a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, Richard joined the mathematics faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. He was respected and admired by students and colleagues alike, not only for his brilliance, but also for his modest and unassuming personality. He published more than 90 academic papers and coauthored a textbook, Linear Analysis and Differential Equations. His research was in mathematical applications in mechanics, electromagnetic theory, and population models. He was awarded the Richard Moore Education Award in recognition of excellence in teaching. In retirement, the couple traveled to Europe, attended local theatre and opera performances, and enjoyed Pittsburgh Steelers games. Richard died five years to the day after Fae died. Survivors include his children and six grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2011

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