Obituaries


Donald L. Kreider

Donald L. Kreider, an MIT alumnus whose leadership abilities and teaching skill took him from a postdoctoral year at MIT to a 40-year career in teaching and a vice presidency at Dartmouth College, died unexpectedly on Dec. 7. He was 75.

Kreider, a native of Lancaster, Pa., was a resident of Sugar Hill, N.H. He received the Ph.D. degree in mathematical logic from MIT in 1959 and, in honor of his excellence in teaching, the Goodwin Medal in 1958.

Kreider served the Mathematical Association of America from 1989 to 1999; he was a leader in calculus education reform, receiving one of the first grants in the calculus initiative launched by the National Science Foundation in 1989; and he was instrumental in creating an Advanced Placement course in computer science. Kreider authored several mathematics texts and at the time of his death was developing a new text, "Principles of Calculus Modeling--An Interactive Approach," with two colleagues.

Kreider is survived by his loving companion of more than 26 years, William F. White of Sugar Hill, N.H. He is also survived by his former wife, Mary Ellen (Galebach) Kreider of Norwich, Vt., and their three sons and daughters-in-law.

A memorial service was held at All Saints Episcopal Church, Littleton, N.H., on Saturday, Dec. 16. Contributions can be made to the Mathematical Association of America, 1529 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036.

John V. Cremin

John V. Cremin of Quincy, a longtime machinist at MIT, died Nov. 27. He was 80.

Cremin, a Navy veteran of World War II, retired from MIT in 1996 after 28 years at the Institute. Prior to that, he worked at the Watertown Arsenal Company.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie E. (Gavin) Cremin of Quincy; two sons, John V. Cremin Jr. of Littleton, N.H., and Joseph M. Cremin of Marlborough; a daughter, Mary Cremin of Quincy; two stepsons, John Francis of Acton and Paul Francis of Plymouth; a stepdaughter, Christine Lindsay of Weymouth; eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was also the husband of the late Katherine V. (Sullivan) Cremin.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, MA Chapter, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

William M. Hall Jr.

William M. Hall Jr. of Davenport, Fla., formerly of Reading, Mass., a retired employee of Lincoln Laboratory, died Nov. 24. He was 76.

Hall worked at Lincoln Lab for 43 years, retiring in 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy E. (Pratt) Hall; three sons, Keith Hall of Mesa, Ariz., Wayne Hall of Derry, N.H., and Matthew Hall of Leominster, Mass.; two daughters, Lauren Hall of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Sheryl Hall of Florence, Mass.; two sisters, Grace Holland and Laura Devine; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in Florida. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 20, 2006 (download PDF).


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