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In Memoriam

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David C. Barnes
(October 9, 1938 - December 14, 2021)

David (Dave) C. Barnes, associate professor emeritus of mathematics, passed away on December 14, 2021, as a result of longstanding severe heart difficulties. Dave was born in Wilbourn, Oklahoma, situated within the Choctaw Nation. His family moved to Sacramento, California, where Dave was raised. In 1961, he received a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Sacramento State College. Continuing his education, he obtained a master's degree in mathematics in 1963 and a doctoral degree in mathematics in 1967 from the University of California, Davis. During his graduate school years he was the recipient of a prestigious NSF Fellowship.

In 1966, he came to the WSU Department of Mathematics and advanced through the ranks to associate professor in 1972. He retired in 1999. He published many articles in his research area of the mathematical theory of inequalities, and was instrumental in the development of the Mathematics Department Computing Center. As a teacher, he was well liked by students who appreciated his thorough knowledge of the subject matter, careful preparation, and classroom presentation. Students also commented favorably on his fairness and his availability.

Dave became the guardian of Alan and Dave Meyer in 1970 upon the death of their father, WSU Mathematics Professor Paul Meyer. Dave later adopted a son, Michael Milano. All three boys were, and remained, close to Dave and valued their association with him until his passing.

During his years at WSU he was a member in good standing of a small group of practical jokers who enjoyed playing pranks on each another, as well as on other members of the department. One of their better jokes involved the first U.S.A. space station Skylab. Skylab, launched in 1973, re-entered the earth's atmosphere on July 11, 1979 and disintegrated. Dave, with the help of others, welded together an assembly of pipes, angle iron, and car parts, and painted it black with the stenciled words, "Skylab, Part #_____." While WSU astronomers Tom and Julie Lutz were out of town during Skylab's re-entry, the fake Skylab part was placed in their yard. Tom and Julie were amazed to find it when they returned home. As part of the prank, the Pullman Herald was notified and a news story was written which included Tom's observation that "it is highly unlikely a part of Skylab would fall in Pullman."

Another joke involved "Yard of the Month." Every summer month during the 1980's, the City of Pullman selected one yard on each of its four hills as the best-groomed yard. Each selected home received a sign to be proudly displayed in their front yard that said "City of Pullman, Yard of the Month." When Professor Charles (Chuck) Millham and his wife returned home from a summer trip they discovered a sign in their yard saying, "City of Pullman, Yard of the Month Last Place." These are only a few examples of his funny and sly sense of humor.

Dave had many hobbies. He enjoyed outdoor activities including camping, fishing, and canoeing. He was an avid photographer with an in-home dark room and took many pictures of himself and his friends carrying out their practical jokes. He was also an accomplished musician and mastered the seven-string guitar. In his retirement, he took up woodworking and did many projects for his home and church. He also took time to perform extensive genealogy research of the Barnes family.

He was a caring and thoughtful individual with an easy-going disposition. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and his wife, Virginia Hyde. He is survived by Alan and Dave Meyer and Michael Milano.

Calvin Thomas Long
(October 10, 1927 - March 25, 2021)

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Calvin T. Long, was born in Rubert, Idaho, and received his pre-college education there. He received a BS in mathematics from the University of Idaho in 1950, as well as a master's degree (1952) and a doctoral degree (1955) in mathematics from the University of Oregon under the direction of Ivan Niven. He worked at the National Security Agency in Washington, D. C. for one year, and in 1956 joined the mathematics faculty at Washington State College. He advanced through the ranks, becoming tenured in 1960 and professor in 1965. He served as chair of the Department of Mathematics from 1970 to 1978. Cal retired in 1992 and then spent several years at Northern Arizona University.

During his time at WSU, Cal authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and gave numerous invited talks in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and the United States. Throughout the 1960's and the early 1970's, Cal was director or associate director of many NSF-funded institutes for K-12 mathematics teachers. Cal also authored or co-authored several books on number theory, at least two of which are still in publication.

As a teacher, Cal had the respect of his students. Although a taskmaster, Cal had a good sense of humor, sound scholarship, and the ability to bring out the best in his students. He imbued students with his own enthusiasm for number theory, as well as his teaching of mathematics. In 1987, Cal received the WSU President's Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching. During his career, Cal was a thesis advisor for five doctoral students and advised 27 master's students.

Cal belonged to many honor societies and mathematical societies including the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), American Mathematical Society, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Fibonacci Association. He served on the numerous local, regional, and national committees of these societies. In 1991, the MAA awarded him its Certificate of Meritorious Service. The Fibonacci Association dedicated one edition of the "Fibonacci Quarterly" in his honor for his meritorious service, which had included membership on its board of directors as well as serving as its president for fifteen years.

As chair of the WSU Mathematics Department, Cal oversaw the department's change of emphasis in research efforts from theoretical to applied. Cal made several hires of applied mathematicians and statisticians. This culminated in a three-year grant, in collaboration with Clemson University, from the National Science Foundation to rewrite the graduate program emphasizing applied mathematics. He was noted for his strong support, through time and money, for the development of research projects.

On a personal note, Cal was encouraged by his wife, Jean, who supported him in his endeavors, especially regarding the social life of the department. They had two children, Tracy and Gregory, of whom they were very proud. Cal was an avid fly fisherman. Every September before fall semester began, he could be found on one of many streams or lakes in Idaho casting his line. He was a member of his church choir and several singing groups, including the Pullman/Moscow Chorale and the Idaho-Washington Symphony Chorale.

In 1999, the Calvin T. Long Visiting Scholars Fund was created through the WSU Foundation in his honor. This established the annual Long Lecture to bring distinguished mathematicians to WSU for extended visits to provide an exchange between mathematics undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, educators, and industry. Professor Long was able to attend some of these lectures, and department members, guest speakers, and attendees highly regarded the time he spent with them.

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Julie Lutz
(1944 - 2022)

Julie Lutz died at the age of 77 on May 3, 2022, at her daughter’s home in West Sacramento, California. Julie earned a bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University and a PhD at the University of Illinois in 1972 in astronomy. Her research interests included planetary nebulae and symbiotic binary stars.

From 1971 to 1996, she worked at WSU - as the director of the planetarium, as the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Science Education, and as the director of the Astronomy Program. She served as the chair of the Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics from 1992 to 1996 - a period during which enrollments grew by 25 percent. She also served as an assistant dean in the Division of Sciences and as associate provost. In 2000, she moved to the University of Washington.

Julie was nationally recognized for her efforts to improve K-12 science and mathematics education. She participated in a NASA program to increase astronomy understanding among middle and high school teachers and conducted workshops for teachers in these grades. She was a strong advocate of developing science career opportunities for women.

Julie was invited to serve on a NASA committee that studied the potential impacts of the discovery of extraterrestrial life and developed a class on that topic.

From 1990 to 1992 she served as director of the Division of Astronomical Sciences of the NSF, where her leadership was recognized with the Award for Management Excellence. She chaired the publications board of the American Astronomical Society and, from 1991 to 1993, served as president of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Julie was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Julie was honored with the Alumni of the Year Award from San Diego State University in 1992 and the WSU College of Sciences and Arts Faculty Achievement Award in 1993.

Julie and her husband Tom, also an astronomer, have been permanently honored by the College of Arts and Sciences through the establishment of the Tom and Julie Lutz Science and Mathematics Teaching Excellence Award, given annually to a faculty member in the sciences or mathematics.

Julie and second husband, George Wallerstein, were awarded the President’s Award by the United Negro College Fund in 2004 in recognition of their fundraising activities.

Faculty member Krishna Jandhyala recalls, “She served as chair for a few years and was able to bring the faculty together with her friendly approach to all.” Faculty member David Slavit remembers, “Julie and her husband Tom were both outstanding astronomers and teachers (hence the Lutz Teaching Award). They loved hiking and the outdoors – were always finding new places to go.”

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Lutz, and her second husband, George Wallerstein. Professor Lutz is survived by a daughter, Melissa Blouin, and several grandchildren and their families.

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