Ralph Byers

Private family services for Ralph Byers, 52, Lawrence, will be later. Mr. Byers died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at his home.He was born Sept. 30, 1955, in San Francisco, the son of Sanford and Libby Goldstein Byers.Mr. Byers received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from McGill University in 1977 and his doctorate in applied mathematics from Cornell University in 1983. He had been a professor of mathematics at Kansas University since 1987.He married Margaret Bayer on Jan. 2, 1988, in San Rafael, Calif. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include two daughters, Ruth and Nora Byers, of the home; his mother, Libby Byers, San Rafael, Calif.; a sister, Miriam Byers, San Rafael, Calif.; two brothers, Garrick, Fresno, Calif.; and Bruce, Washington, D.C.The family suggests memorials to Midland Hospice, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.Online condolences may be sent at www.warrenmcelwain.com, subject: Byers.