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Professor of Mathematics

Division of: Natural Sciences & Health
Phone: 503-517-1125
  • Doctor of Arts in Mathematics, 1983, Idaho State University
  • Master of Science in Mathematics, 1980, Idaho State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, 1979, Pacific Union College
Academic Accomplishments:
  •  Pacific Union College Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, 2019
  •  Pacific Union College Meritorious Service Award, 2019
  • Pacific Union College Meritorious Service Award, 2011
  • Ambient spaces for cones generated by matricial inner products, Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences, Volume 17, Number 2, 122–129, (2005)
  • On the facial structure of the cone of positive maps, PanAmerican Mathematical Journal, Volume 15, Number 3, 1–13 (2005)
  • On k-real and k-hermitian matrices, Linear Algebra Appl. 169: 17–29 (1992)
  • On perhermitian matrices, SIAM J. Matrix Anal. Appl. 11: 173–179 (1990)
  • On centrohermitian matrices, SIAM J. Matrix Anal. Appl. 11: 128–133 (1990)
  • Zapara Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1988
  • Pacific Union College Educator of the Year, 1987–88
  • On the cone of positive semidefinite matrices, Linear Algebra Appl. 90: 81–88 (1987)
  • An inertial decomposition and related range results, Linear Algebra Appl. 72: 145–153 (1985)
  • On the inertia and range of transformations of positive definite matrices, Linear Algebra Appl. 72: 155–160 (1985)
  • Generalized controllability and inertia theory II, Linear Algebra Appl. 72: 161–166 (1985)
Professional Affiliations:
  • Mathematical Association of America since 1980

Since being a tutor and then teaching my first class as an undergraduate, I have known that I was created to be a mathematics teacher. While my research interests have been in linear algebra and matrix theory, I have been privileged in my career to teach virtually all undergraduate mathematics courses, including algebras of all kinds, calculus, statistics, logic, analysis, and history of mathematics. One of my greatest thrills as a teacher is watching students’ eyes light up when they see connections for the first time and experience some of the beauty of mathematics.

My other interests in life include music, reading, and cats (often all at the same time).