History of the Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics history is documented in two separate parts; the first ranges from 1869 to 1975, the second ranges from 1975 to 2005. Also displayed below is a listing of former Department Chairs and a listing of former Department Secretaries.
 

The History of the Department of Mathematics from 1975 to 2005 (MS Word) has been collated by Dr. Evelyn Pupplo-Cody.

The History of the Department of Mathematics (PDF) by Elizabeth Hines Czompo, dated May 5th 1976, has a detailed account of the history of the Department of Mathematics from 1869 to 1975.

 

Notable Faculty

Edith Clarke (1883–1959) taught at Marshall University before her renowned career as an engineer.

 

Former Department Chairs


Lillian Hackney
Lillian Hackney
1907-1940


Anna DeNoon
Anna DeNoon
1940-1947


James Barron
James Barron
1947-1963


Thomas Bauserman
Thomas Bauserman
1963-1971


Hunter Hardman
Hunter Hardman
1971-1972


John Hogan
John Hogan
1972-1977


Steven Hatfield
Steven Hatfield
1977-1982


John Lancaster
John Lancaster
1982-1984


Charles Peele
Charles Peele
1984-1995


Bruce Ebanks
Bruce Ebanks
1995-2000


Judith Silver
Judith Silver
2000-2002


Ralph Oberste-Vorth
Ralph Oberste-Vorth
2002-2011


Alfred Akinsete
Alfred Akinsete
2011-Present


 

Department Secretaries

In 1969 the first Administrative Assistant was hired for the Department of Mathematics.

  • Mrs. Sylvia Sears was the first Secretary to work in the Department of Mathematics. She began in 1969 and worked until at least 1975.
  • Mrs. Pauline Weiler was Secretary in 1978 and at least until 1985.
  • Mrs. June Adkins was Secretary in 1989 until c. 1995.
  • Mrs. Kitty Kelly-Smoot was the Program Assistant from c. 1995 until c. 2002.
  • Ms. Stacy Good has been the Program Assistant from 2002 until the present.