Archive for Sunday, April 12, 1992


April 12, 1992


— Gilbert Ulmer, 88, a longtime professor and administrator at Kansas University, died Friday, April 10, 1992, at his home in Lenexa.

His body was donated to the KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.

Mr. Ulmer was born Oct. 27, 1903, in Anderson, Ind. He joined the KU faculty in 1931 as an assistant instructor of mathematics. When he retired in 1974, he was professor of mathematics and education. He also served for 28 years as assistant dean and then associate dean of KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, serving for a brief time as acting dean.

He received a bachelor's degree from Butler University and his master's degree and Ph.D. from KU. He did additional study at the University of Chicago and Columbia University.

Throughout his career, Mr. Ulmer was active in movements to improve mathematics instruction. He served on working committees and in elective offices of the Mathematics Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

Mr. Ulmer wrote standardized mathematics texts used at secondary schools throughout the United States and Canada.

He was a member of several national honorary societies: Sigma Xi, Pi Mu Epsilon and Phi Delta Kappa.

Mr. Ulmer is survived by his wife, Eleanor Jean, of Lakeview Village in Lenexa; five daughters, Susan Snyderman, Clearwater, Fla., Nancy Spence, Houston, Becky Pinzon, Overland Park, Janet Koertge, Friday Harbor, Fla., and Judith Leon, Grangeville, Idaho; a son, John Ulmer, Topeka; and nine grandchildren.

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