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William Leake Ayres

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William Leake Ayres, American educator. Recipient Gold Honor medal American Rose Society, 1969. Member Indiana Commision on Public Employee Retirement, 1953-1954.; Served as operations analyst United States Army Air Force, 1944-1945.; Member American Rose Society (president 1950-1951), American Mathematics Society (associate secretary 1938-1946), Mathematics Association American (vice president 1946-1947), Phi Delta Theta.; Rotarian.

Background

Ayres, William Leake was born on June 26, 1905 in Gatesville, Texas, United States. Son of Matthias Leake and Myrtie (Buckley) Ayres.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Southwestern U., 1923. Postgraduate University Texas, 1923-1925, U. Vienna, 1928-1929. Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania, 1927.

Career

Research fellow, 1927-1929. Assistant professor mathematics University of Michigan, 1929-1933, associate professor, 1933-1941. Professor mathematics Purdue University 1941-1962, head department mathematics, 1941-1948, assistant dean Graduate School 1943-1947, acting dean School Science, Edition and Humanities, 1946-1947, dean, 1947-1962.

Vice president, provost Southern Methodist U., Dallas, 1962-1966, professor mathematics, 1962-1970, Findlay professor mathematics 1970-1972, professor emeritus, 1972-1976. Visiting professor of University Virginia, summer 1938, University of California at Los Angeles, summer 1939.

Works

  • Author: (with C.G. Fry and H.F.S. Jonah) General College Mathematics, 1952, 60, 70. Editor: (with R.L. Wilder) Lectures in Topology, 1941.

Membership

Member Indiana Commision on Public Employee Retirement, 1953-1954. Served as operations analyst United States Army Air Force, 1944-1945. Member American Rose Society (president 1950-1951), American Mathematics Society (associate secretary 1938-1946), Mathematics Association American (vice president 1946-1947), Phi Delta Theta.

Connections

Married Juliette Pagenstecher, September 3, 1926. Children: Juliette (Mistress.

father:
Matthias Leake Ayres

mother:
Myrtie (Buckley) Ayres

spouse:
Juliette Pagenstecher

child:
Juliette (Mrs Ayres