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KU former associate professor of mathematics dies at 64

By Julia Grimaldi

Professor Randy Schaeffer Photo courtesy of University Relations

Associate Professor Randy Schaeffer
Photo courtesy of University Relations

Professor Randy Schaeffer passed away on Oct. 22, 2014 at 64-years -old.

According to a KU press release, Schaeffer was an associate professor of mathematics who taught both undergraduate and graduate level classes and supervised student teachers since 1980. In 2013, he received KU’s Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Schaeffer also gave much more to the university. “He served as Chair of the University Curriculum Committee, Chair of the General Education Committee, the Advisor for the mathematics honor society Kappa Mu Epsilon, President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (EPCTM), immediate past Co-Editor of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM) Magazine, and former President and current Treasurer of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Mathematics Association (PASSHEMA),” according to a KU press release.

Professor Schaeffer also helped revise the university’s general education curriculum and oversaw new general education requirements. He was on KU’s Sesquicentennial Committee and served on the Alumni Board.

In 1972, Schaeffer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kutztown University.

Condolences can be sent to Randy’s partner, KU Professor Emeritus Bill Bateman, at 611 N. 5th St., Reading, Pa., 19601. The family encourages donations to the Randy Schaeffer Math Scholarship Fund, set up through the Kutztown University Foundation. Donations to this fund can be made at

http://www.kutztownUfoundation.org, or mailed to the KU Foundation, P.O. Box 151, Kutztown, Pa. 19530.

The viewing and memorial service took place on Oct. 27 in Schaeffer Auditorium, the viewing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the memorial service from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. At 2:30 on the same day, the burial took place at Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading, Pa.

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