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John Richard Byrne ’47

John Richard Byrne ’47, June 16, 1996, at his home near Corvallis, Oregon. After graduating from Reed, Dick did graduate work in mathematics at the University of Washington, earning a PhD in 1953. He married Jane Leedom ’48 in 1948. He taught mathematics at Portland State University for 37 years and was chair of the department from 1967 to 1977. He retired in 1992, and he and Jane moved to a small farm outside Corvallis. During his career, he wrote three books on mathematics that were published by McGraw-Hill: Modern Elementary Mathematics, Modern Elementary Geometry, and Number Systems, An Elementary Approach. He was a member of the American Mathematical Society. His other interests included playing the organ and piano, and spending summers on the Oregon coast. Survivors include Jane, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1997

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